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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.
Chapter 7: Biology and Behaviour: The Educational Relevance of a Biopsychosocial Perspective
Biology and Behaviour: The Educational Relevance of a Biopsychosocial Perspective
Over recent years biology has come to play an increasing role in our understanding of human thought and behavioural processes. Educational discourses are beginning to acknowledge the relevance of biology in new ways (Geake and Cooper, 2003). This is particularly evident in the field of social emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). There are difficult and, at times, controversial aspects to this topic. However, whilst we must address these challenges with care and caution, we must also avoid simplistic responses. A key assumption underpinning this chapter is that the more we understand about the nature of a chilD's difficulties the better placed we are to provide effective ...