About

“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it”        Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Psydog helps teachers and school leaders to apply ideas from psychology to the field of education and schooling. I want schools to make the most of what is known about the psychology of behaviour and motivation to make schools the best places they can be.

I am fortunate to have a job that brings me in contact with many interesting people; children, young people and adults. The information I use as a basis for my comments comes from my own experience and discussions I have in the course of my work. I also draw from other sources: books, journal articles, UK radio programmes and newspaper articles and conversations both direct and overheard. I sort some articles by themes, such as the Rewards and Punishment series or the project on Love and Belonging. Individual popular articles are listed in the right-hand column.

Psydog’s author

My name is Geraldine Rowe and I am currently a Specialist Educational Psychologist in Behaviour, working for a large Local Authority in the UK. I am also an Executive Member of the Institute of Reality Therapy – UK and a Faculty Member of The William Glasser Institute, USA.

I am currently a member of the Doctoral School of the Institute of Education, London University, studying for a Doctorate in Education. I  have a Masters degree in Educational Psychology (University of Southampton) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. My first degree was in Occupational Psychology (University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology). In between my university degrees, I taught in a primary school.

I specialise in helping schools to become places where everyone can belong, engage and flourish. My work is influenced strongly by many writers and psychologists including:

  • William Glasser
  • Bruno Bettelheim
  • St. Benedict
  • Gerda Hanko
  • Eddie McNamara
  • Donald Winnicott
  • Ken Markham
  • Colin Newton
  • Tom Ravenette
  • Karen Vincett
  • Elaine Mazlish
  • Adele Faber
  • Chris Watkins
  • Haring, Lovett et al
  • Benjamin Bloom
  • Dave Tweddle
  • Nigel Blagg
  • John Brickell
  • Adrian Gorman

Watch out for these names and others in my articles.