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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.

Researching a Marginalized Population: Methodological Issues
Researching a marginalized population: Methodological issues

This chapter is about how, as part of research methodologies, we might go about accessing the views of marginalized child populations. It will not attempt to review the nature of those views as that is done elsewhere in this volume. An initial caution is that despite our good intentions in accessing pupils' views, children and young people retain a right to silence, privacy and solitude.

I take conducting research to be about ‘The production of knowledge pursued by the employment of systematic and rigorous methods of data collection and analysis’ (Foster, 1999), ‘the results of which are available for public scrutiny’ (Pring, 2000). Thus whatever researchers' individual value positions about the nature of truth and ...

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