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Handbook of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Handbook of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

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464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`At first glance I felt that this is a book that I should buy. On reading a selection of the chapters I realized that I must buy it. Each of the four sections has chapter that I know I will want to read and many others that I will read. It is a book that will provide student and authors in Higher Education and practitioners with much food for thought. It also emphasizes the desperate need to cut through much of the polemic that abounds in this field and to return to argument based on carefully conducted empirical work' - Harry Daniels, Deputy Head of School and Director of Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham

`Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) in schools can be defined in many ways. For example, EBD can be seen as: a set of problems that reside mainly within the individual student; as the result of interactions between social and psychological sub-systems, or as the product of professional discourses that create and maintain the very problems that they purport to identify and solve. Clough and Garner's Handbook of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties sheds light on all of these perspectives and reveals the enormous complexity and diversity of what is termed "EBD". In doing this, the book reveals itself to be both a scholarly and practical resource that will be indispensable to anyone seeking insight and direction for understanding and responding to EBD in the 21st century. Readers looking for off the cuff 'tips for teachers' or simplistic solutions will not find what they want in this book. Rather, the Handbook of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties will appeal to readers who want to hear from writers who have genuine insight into the multi-faceted world of EBD, who have worthwhile things to say about the range of possible solution to this area of difficulty, and, regardless of differences that might appear between their theoretical positions, share a sense of deep compassion for needs of students and educational professionals who experience EBD on day-to-day basis' - Professor Paul Cooper, The University of Leicester

The behaviour of children in primary and secondary schools has been a consistent source of interest and controversy since the 19th century. Some commentators suggest that the phenomenon has a far more impressive historical pedigree. As education systems in First World democracies struggle to meet changing social, economic and educational conditions, one group of children has increasingly become the focus of attention. These are those who, for a variety of underpinning reasons, are either unable or unwilling to conform to the requirements of formal schooling. As a result they are identified as having Emotional and/or Behavioural Difficulties (EBDs) of one level of severity or another. Contemporary debate increasingly links causation with intervention, to form a holistic approach to problem prevention or remediation.

This Handbook provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of a series of often related themes which underpin theoretical and philosophical approaches to pupils perceived as having EBDs, and their realization in both policy and provision. The structure of book divides these themes into three core sections. These allow the reader to consider children or young people with EBDs from a number of perspectives and levels. They are viewed in relation to society in general, then in terms of individual education systems and the policies and provision they adopt, and also in terms of the meanings of these problematic behaviours to the individual `actors' on whom they impact most profoundly. Each theme or topic is organisedto highlight:

· the key principles or characteristics

· examples of their impact on current practices

· issues arising for debate

The Handbook assembles contributions from significant authors in the field of EBD and particular emphasis is given to the international and comparative focus of the contributions. Thus, although contributions are principally from the UK and the USA, these writers have been identified because of their capacity to develop broader, transcultural, insights. The development of a comparative approach to special and inclusive education has now been well charted, and there are some highly significant books in this field. It therefore remains puzzling that the field of EBD, probably one of the most significant areas of special education in terms of pupil numbers, has largely escaped such international comparison.

Each chapter deals with a key theme in EBD from both a theoretical and practical perspective. This approach has been adopted to enable individual chapters to be useful resources for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.

Peter Clough et al
Themes and Dimensions of EBD
A Conceptual Overview

Margret Winzer
International Comparisons in EBD
Critical Issues

Ted Cole
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
An Historical Perspective

Kenneth A Kavale, Steven R Forness and Mark P Mostert
Defining Emotional or Behavioural Disorders
The Quest for Affirmation

Gary Thomas
What Do We Mean by `EBD'?
Tony Bowers
The Forgotten `E' in EBD
Paul Cooper
Biology and Behaviour
The Educational Relevance of a Biopsychosocial Perspective

Michael J Furlong, Gale M Morrison and Emily S Fisher
The Influences of the School Contexts and Processes on Violence and Disruption in American Schools
Tim O'Brien and Dennis Guiney
The Problem Is Not the Problem
Hard Cases in Modernist Systems

Tom Nicholson
Academic Underachievement and Behaviour
An Axiomatic Link?

Paul O'Mahony
Juvenile Delinquency and Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Education
Tony Charlton and Charlie Panting
Television and Viewers' Behaviour
Real or Elusive Links?

May Yeh et al
Racial/Ethnic Representation across Five Public Sectors of Care for Youth with EBD
Implications for Students in School Settings

John Visser
Working with Children and Young People with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
What Makes What Works, Work?

Bill Rogers
Teaching Students with Emotional Behaviour Disorders
Timothy J Lewis and Lori L Newcomer
Reducing Problem Behavior through School-Wide Systems of Positive Behaviour Support
Bob Algozzine and Kate Algozzine
Building School-Wide Behaviour Interventions That Really Work
Carl R Smith
Advocacy for Students with Emotional and Behavioural Disorders
John Dwyfor Davies
Voices from the Margins
The Perceptions of Pupils with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties about Their Educational Experiences

Barry Groom and Richard Rose
Involving Students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Their Own Learning
A Transnational Perspective

Helen McGrath
Directions in Teaching Social Skills to Students with Specific EBDs
Paul Hamill
The Pupil Support Base in the Scottish Secondary School
An Alternative to Exclusion

Egide Royer
The Gap between Research and Practice
Achieving Effective In-Service Training for Teachers Working with EBD Students

Ann Lewis
Researching a Marginalized Population
Methodological Issues

Marjorie Montague and Marcelo Castro
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Concerns and Issues

Christopher Blake
Do Teacher Training Courses Prepare Us for the Challenge of Students Experiencing EBD?
James M Kauffman
How We Prevent the Prevention of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Education

'On reading a selection of the chapters I realized that I must buy it. It is a book that will provide student and authors in Higher Education and practitioners with much food for thought.’ - Harry Daniels, Deputy Head of School and Director of Research, School of Education, The University of Birmingham

"This comprehensive handbook provides a multinational compilation of contextual, casual, intervention, and research issues related to the special educational classification of emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD). . . . In sum, this volume provides a state-of-the-art framework for the development of effective special educational programming for the needs of the EBD population. . . . Highly recommended."

M.F. Russo
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Sample Materials & Chapters


Peter Clough

Peter Clough is Professor of Education at the University of Brighton. Often using innovative, arts-based qualitative methodologies, his research is concerned particularly with the inclusion of marginalised voices, and spans all age phases. Among his many publications are Inclusion in the Early Years (Sage), and Narratives and Fictions in Educational Research (OUP). Recent research includes the Family Literacy in Prisons project in collaboration with the Prison Advice and Care Trust.  More About Author

Philip Garner

John T Pardeck

Francis Yuen

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