Engaging Troubled Students is designed for both special and general teachers faced with managing classrooms with emotionally and behaviourally troubled students. It emphasizes a growing trend in special education by taking a constructivist approach to classroom management and moving away from the traditional behavioural approach. The book begins with a very comprehensive introduction both behavioural practice and EBD students, and quickly moves to a critical definition of constructivsim
"Engaging Troubled Children is the first book for preservice teachers in special education that is substantial enough to be a primary course textbook that does not objectify troubled students by delineating a host of degrading labels and distancing and alienating technical interventions." -- Ellen Brantlinger, Professor, Special Education and Curriculum
"Danforth and Smith have written an exceptional book on educating `troubling' students. It is a clear alternative to current books on educating children with emotional and behavioral disorders, most of which are based on behavioral theories. They offer practical guidance, well illustrated with stories from their own experiences on collaboration, working with families, conflict resolution, social support for students, providing a caring pedagogy, and teacher development." -- James L. Paul, Professor, Special Education
Those educators who wish to transform their classroom into a creative, cooperative setting, who wish to enable their students to construct personal and social meaning in their lives, who wish to develop a meaningful and lasting relationship with their students, and who wish to change not only those troubling students but the teachers' own lives will not find better reading or a more useful resource and practical guide.
-- Education Review, April 2005