Comparing Special Education: Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes

Comparing Special Education: Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes

Comparing Special Education: Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes

Comparing Special Education: Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes

Synopsis

In today's schools the number of students who receive additional resources to access the curriculum is growing rapidly, and the ongoing expansion of special education is among the most significant worldwide educational developments of the past century. Yet even among developed democracies the range of access varies hugely, from one student in twenty to one student in three. In contemporary conflicts about educational standards and accountability, special education plays a key role as it draws the boundaries between exclusion and inclusion.

Comparing Special Education unites in-depth comparative and historical studies with analyses of global trends, with a particular focus on special and inclusive education in the United States, England, France, and Germany. The authors examine the causes and consequences of various institutional and organizational developments, illustrate differences in forms of educational governance and social policy priorities, and highlight the evolution of social logics from segregation of students with special educational needs to their inclusion in local schools.

Excerpt

Over the past several decades, special education has been the subject of a renascent interest, promoted by a global commitment to the rights of children generally and to their right to schooling specifically. Countries around the world have expanded their commitment of provisions to students with special needs. For some, this expansion has been a surge; for others, it has been a gradual increase—a continuation of policies, programs, and practices long in place. The salience of, even the controversy surrounding, special education has led its ideals and practices to turn the tables on regular education. At the very least, special education has moved out from under the shadows of regular education. In many respects, special education has seized the limelight, illustrating the diverse future of schooling itself, even as it offers its expertise in meeting the learning needs of diverse student bodies.

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