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The paper An Analysis of the Barriers to Inclusion of Children with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) in the Contexts of Greece and England by Katerina Lykourgioti has been published in the scientific educational journal Pedagogy. It is part of a series of papers on Special and Inclusive Education started as a partnership between GLOBI and Pedagogy. Katerina Lykourgioti is a Greek language teacher, currently working with students with Low Vision, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Crete. She is also a qualified Braille System teacher and Greek Sign Language speaker.
Abstract. Children with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) are at high risk of experiencing exclusion in both England and Greece. However, this particular category of Special Educational needs (SEN) has so far received relatively little academic or political attention in comparison to other SEN. This paper attempts to point out the barriers that may prevent the inclusion of children with BESD both in terms of the theoretical conceptualisation of the category itself and in terms of the policies and practices that England and Greece may implement. In order to achieve a further yet coherent picture of the current situation, this paper has identified three different types of factors that may negatively influence inclusion. Therefore, by discussing the possible ideological, structural, and practical challenges, the paper aims to highlight the crucial need for further theoretical insight that would be able to inform and promote the establishment of a more cohesive and efficient legislative framework for pupils with BESD in both countries.
Keywords: behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, England, Greece, inclusion, BESD
Copyright: The re-publishing of this paper on GLOBI’s site is with the exclusive permission of Pedagogy. Any citation needs to provide the following reference to the journal:
Lykourgioti, K. (2017) ‘An Analysis of the Barriers to Inclusion of Children with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) in the Contexts of Greece and England’, Pedagogy: Bulgarian Journal of Educational Research and Practice, vol. 89, 1, pp. 61-79.