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Ragnar’s a class act in fields of behaviour management and neuroscience

Ragnar’s a class act in fields of behaviour management and neuroscience

Published:01 December 2017

Dr Ragnar Purje (left) pictured with Professor Ken Purnell

CQUniversity Alumnus Dr Ragnar Purje is in demand across the globe thanks to his novel approach to classroom behaviour management and inspiring use of complex brain-based multi-movement therapy.

He’s recently been invited to conferences in London, Paris, Hawaii, Sydney and Melbourne.

Dr Purje is looking forward to visiting Hawaii in early January for an international education conference.

For one of his presentations, he is booked to present on the use of Responsibility Theory® for classroom behaviour management.

“When introducing Responsibility Theory®, the students are informed they are responsible for and have power over what they think, do, say, choose and learn,” Dr Purje says.

“The program points out there is immense constructive academic and social potential in recognising the power of one’s own thinking, attitude and behaviour.

“Juxtaposed with brain plasticity, the students are also informed that their thinking and behaviours actually rewire their brain.”

Dr Purje’s second presentation in Hawaii will be delivered alongside CQUniversity Professor Ken Purnell.

The CQUni duo will draw on the post-accident rehabilitation of former world champion boxer John Famechon, and school student examples, to describe the use of complex brain-based multi-movement therapy for learning.

“Using the natural plasticity of our brain is fundamental in memory formation and consolidation processes - including the learning of new skills,” Dr Purje says.

“In this research, we report on a novel process to address learner needs: Complex Brain-Based Multi-Movement Therapy (CBBMMT).

“The principles of CBBMMT were initially developed in addressing the needs of the former world champion boxer, John Famechon.

“Subsequently the principles have been used in classrooms and other settings and four examples are discussed.”