Pupil voice and participation

Empowering children with emotional and behavioural difficulties

Authored by: Paula Flynn , Michael Shevlin , Anne Lodge

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111


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The pertinent issues with respect to mainstream Irish schools which provided the impetus for this study include: the policy of inclusion; challenging behaviour; ‘pupil voice’; and emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) in children. Encounters with a number of children in mainstream education experiencing palpable unhappiness, despair and struggle, instigated a need to understand what could address their difficulties and led to the initiation of this research study. Most of the children who fell into that category had one or more of the array of difficulties encompassed within EBD. The overriding objective of this pupil voice research (PVR) from the outset has been to determine the impact on a sample group of participating pupils with EBD when their voices are listened to and they are encouraged to become ‘active agents’ in transforming their experience of school.

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