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‘Circle Time’ : a systems approach to emotional and behavioural difficulties

Kelly, Barbara (1999) ‘Circle Time’ : a systems approach to emotional and behavioural difficulties. Educational Psychology in Practice, 15 (1). pp. 40-44. ISSN 0266-7363

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Abstract

Improved behavioural adjustment is often linked to interventions addressing self concept. The following paper describes a collaborative project carried out in a primary school where a significant number of pupils presented high levels of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Many of the presenting difficulties seemed to relate to low self‐concept. The aim of the project was to develop a systems approach offering an alternative to individual casework. The new method had to be workable within the limits of the school's immediate resources. Circle time was chosen as an experimental intervention, since it appeared to incorporate many factors and processes identified as having positive correlations with improvement in self‐concept and behaviour. Circle time was used in a whole‐class and extracted‐group context. Positive behavioural change was noted in the majority of targeted children but the whole‐class approach was seen to be the most effective.