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ERIC Number: EJ886558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2752
Identifying Obstacles to a Multidisciplinary Understanding of "Disruptive" Behaviour
Macleod, Gale
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v15 n2 p95-109 Jun 2010
This paper examines the possibilities and challenges presented by an interdisciplinary approach to the study of disruptive behaviour. It is argued that whilst such an approach is to be welcomed, work needs to be done in order to ensure that educational research joins the discussion as an equal partner. The paper begins with a demonstration of how big the gap is between different approaches through a consideration of studies in educational sociology that take a "soft" qualitative approach to research, and in neuropsychology, a "hard science". The degree of divergence between these two approaches is then highlighted through a discussion of the "medicalisation" of disruptive behaviour. The suggestion that educational research may be treated as a "poor relation", with a focus on the underlying epistemological issues, is then examined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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