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Individualized Education Curriculum Programs

  • By: Walter S. Gershon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Within the field of curriculum studies, individualized education programs has a meaning different from mainstream uses of the term individualized education programs (IEP). In the United States, an IEP is a specific written statement for every student with disabilities that is produced, reviewed, and consequently revised within under the purview of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, because individuality and the importance of students-as-individuals are paramount American values, there are a multiplicity of connections between curriculum, programs, and the individuals who are their intended audience.

The individual needs of students is therefore a fairly wide and far-reaching category. Curricular programs designed in response to students' individualized educational needs lie at the heart of a central tension in curriculum studies: how to provide all ...

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