Jo Clemmet

How nudge theory can help students make better choices

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Instead of barking orders and establishing prohibitive rules, there is a way to steer students towards desirable conduct with minimal effort on the part of school leaders, finds Jo Clemmet. It involves using behavioural psychology to subtly prod young people into making the right decisions for themselves

How nudge theory can help students make better choices

“Litter has always been a problem at this school and it always will be.” I still remember hearing an experienced deputy head saying this at a school I used to teach at. Although periodic attempts were made to address the litter problem, the rubbish continued to pile up; it appeared that the deputy head was right.

Or was she? Leadership teams often spend lots of time devising elaborate plans to crack down on littering, or lateness, or poor uniform. The focus is often on improved detection and the imposition of progressively harsher sanctions. But such strategies, which require excessive ...

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