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Explicit teaching of social skills: Does it lead to behaviour change?

Jean Harold and Louise Keown

There are many children who have interpersonal difficulties at school which affect their enjoyment of and achievement in learning. The New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007) recognises the critical role that schools have to play in supporting the development of students’ competency in relating to others. This article discusses a junior primary class intervention programme that targets children’s self-control and assertion behaviours.

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