KeywordsBehavior disorders in children -- Great Britain
Students -- Great Britain
Inclusive education -- Great Britain
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AbstractThis paper outlines concerns in the UK about students who are disruptive in class and/or disengaged from the normal educational process. After discussing who these students are and estimating their numbers, the paper looks at recent research on how best to meet their needs. This research indicates the appropriateness of the British government's recent softening of its position on 'inclusion'. The studies cited indicate that far more can be done in 'normal' school settings to promote engagement but that special provision can sometimes be more appropriate. If social inclusion as adults is the overarching aim, what matters more than the physical location of the education offered are the qualities, skills, commitment and energies of the professionals involved. The values of staff, the quality of their relationships with the students and their imaginative, flexible delivery of appropriate curricula are crucial, as is the need to support these professionals in their demanding task.
The International Journal of Emotional Education. 2009, Vol. 1(1), p. 83-95