This book traces the major stages of thinking in the development of inclusive education. It provides overviews of the main theoretical influences: the medico-psychological model; sociological positions; curriculum studies; school effectiveness; and the impact upon policy and practice of the Disability Movement. Positioned and discussed in their historical contexts the book provides a synopsis and critique of the last 50 years, including the introduction of the term "Special Educational Needs," the practice of integration, and the present processes of inclusive education. The unique features of this book include personal reflections by a number of people who are considered to have had major influence in the


MikeOliverUniversity of Greenwich, UK

Sample Texts

The Politics of Disablement (1990)

Changing the social relations of research production? (1992)

Major Influences

I didn't go through a special school, so I have no experience of special schools at first hand. Obviously, as a lecturer in special education I spent quite a lot of time visiting students in special schools. I also know a lot of people who did spend all their formative years in special schools. I know of the pain and damage that was done and the consequences for many people now in their fifties and sixties who are still living with the inheritance of that. So my conviction is that there is no place for special education in the world in the twenty-first century. It is reinforced, not ...

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