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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.

Voices from the Margins: The Perceptions of Pupils with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties about Their Educational Experiences
Voices from the margins: The perceptions of pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties about their educational experiences

Consulting ‘consumers’ regarding the services they receive is relatively recent in England. Within education, the idea began to make an impression with the introduction of ‘Records of Achievement’ in 1991, aimed at emphasizing pupils' successes and encouraging them to discuss their progress with teachers. But evidence suggests that only a minority of professionals practise consultation with pupils, the majority seeing it as irrelevant (Wade and Moore, 1993). This is especially so in cases where the pupil experiences emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD).

Until professionals learn to listen to the views of all pupils, ...

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