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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.

Themes and Dimensions of EBD: A Conceptual Overview
Themes and dimensions of EBD: A conceptual overview

Throughout most of the professional lives of those contributing to this book it is doubtful whether there has been any time during which the issue of ‘emotional and behavioural difficulties’ (EBD) did not assume signal importance within their national education systems. It is equally doubtful whether few educational professionals, irrespective of ideological persuasion, location, training and current status, remain untroubled by the very term EBD, and the policies and practices that follow from such ‘categorization’. In some ways the term itself is a metaphor which aptly summarizes all of those doubts, prejudices, frustrations, inconsistencies and paradoxes that prevail within the wider field of provision known as special education, or in ...

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