The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.
Chapter 1: Introduction
There are many stories that could be told about special education and the account in this Handbook is but one. This story explores special education as a response to notions of human difference. In addition it explores the contribution that different understandings of this response make, not only to theory, but also to practical knowledge. In other words, how do we know when, why and how to respond when students experience difficulties in learning? For many years scholarship in the field of special education has sought to develop this knowledge, and it has been influenced by competing ideas about what constitutes a special educational need and how pupils who experience difficulty in learning might be taught. The Handbook attempts to present a range of ...