From Inclusion to Engagement - Helping StudentsEngage with Schooling through Policy and Practice
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From Inclusion to Engagement challenges the ideologically driven academic discourse that has come to dominate inclusive education by presenting research-based knowledge about what actually works.
  • Presents an innovative approach rooted in a biopsychosocial theoretical perspective – an approach that is still relatively misunderstood within the educational sphere
  • Offers insights based on an extensive review of contemporary international research in the field
  • Avoids the biases of ideology in favour of science-based social and educational outcomes
  • The first comprehensive account of evidence-based interventions for students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties


Paul Cooper is Professor of Education at the University of Leicester and a Chartered Psychologist. He has lectured internationally and is Editor of The International Journal of Emotional Education. He has authored, co-authored, and edited many books relating to children with special needs, and in 2001 was joint winner of the TES/NASEN Book Award. Professor Cooper was also the editor of the quarterly journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties for 14 years.

Barbara Jacobs is a professional writer, lecturer, broadcaster and researcher, who has recently completed a late-life PhD on autistic intelligence, at the School of Education, University of Leicester.


List of Figures and Tables vii

About the Authors ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xv

1 Introduction: From Inclusive Education to Educational Engagement – Putting Reality before Rhetoric and Finding the Elephant in the Living Room 1

2 SEBD: The Evolution of Intervention and Current Theory 29

3 The Teacher–Student Interface 63

4 Interventions for Enhancing Teachers’ Skills 79

5 Whole-school Approaches and Support Systems 99

6 Small-Scale On- and Off-Site Provision 127

7 Working with Parents 141

8 Multi-Agency Intervention 149

9 A Summary of the Research Evidence 163

10 Conclusions 189

Appendix I 197

Appendix II 199

References 201

Index 235