Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

SEN and the Question of Inclusive Education

Sen and the question of inclusive education
Suanne Gibson


Special Educational Needs (SEN), ‘inclusion’ and/or ‘inclusive education’ refer to central aspects of education policy and practice. They are cited in national and local policy documents, research reports and papers, teaching guides and consultancy services. This chapter hopes to bring some clarity to them for the reader, in particular locating their origin, engaging in the key debates surrounding them and reflecting on related practices and research studies.

We will firstly look to define the terms: ‘Special Educational Needs’ and ‘inclusion’. We will then consider where they have come from and look at the history of provision in relation to Special Educational Needs and significant developments regarding inclusion or inclusive education from ...

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