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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.

The Problem is Not the Problem: Hard Cases in Modernist Systems
The problem is not the problem: Hard cases in modernist systems

In this chapter we argue that children who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) are largely a product of modernist systems. We assert that these systems create and sustain generalized, personalized and internally or socially focused labels such as ‘problem children’, ‘disturbed and disturbing children’, ‘troubled and troubling children’ or ‘challenging children’. We then set out our understanding of the terms and relationship between modernism and postmodernism in order to argue for a refocusing and development of our critical awareness, away from group or individual labels that highlight problems, onto multiple discourses and modes of discourse about problem systems, and the epistemologies that currently ...

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