ERIC Number: ED379534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Children and Young People Presenting Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties: Policy, Planning and Strategic Development.
This keynote speech addressed the growing concern among educators, parents, and the community about the instances of extreme aberrant behavior by school children and young adults. Understanding and responding to children or young people who present disturbing behavior is difficult since no two individuals act in the same way, nor are the reasons for their difficulties necessarily similar even if their behavior is similar. If children and young people have negative feelings about themselves, and their close contacts, then some respond by even more negative actions. Early intervention is vital before they withdraw further or indulge in increasingly disturbing antisocial actions. Education has an important role by providing opportunities for success and promoting positive attitudes and actions, but so have other agencies. Attention should also be given to the local environment, the home environment, the aspirations and expectations of young people, and to the youth culture, some of which is promulgated through social events and the media. Effective education is essential in meeting the very challenging needs exhibited by young people. Within schools these pupils require a curriculum which is broad and seen by them as relevant. It requires effective teaching and learning approaches soundly based on first hand experience or practical work dealing with real life issues. Types of provision and examples of effective practice are included. (BF)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Change Strategies, Early Intervention, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Learning Problems, Policy Formation, School Community Relationship, Special Needs Students, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
RIU Dissemination Officer, The Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom (free).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)