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.

From Special Education to Effective Schools for All: A Review of Progress so Far1

From Special Education to Effective Schools for All: A Review of Progress so Far1

From special education to effective schools for all: A review of progress so far1

Since the late 1980s a growing number of international scholars have provided a critical commentary on the field of special education. In so doing they have argued that progress towards more inclusive education systems requires a move away from practices based on the traditional perspectives of special education, towards approaches that focus on the development of schools for all.

This shift in thinking has been characterised by some scholars as the ‘organisational paradigm’ (Dyson & Millward, 2000). In general terms it involves moves away from explanations of educational failure that concentrate on the characteristics of individual children and their families, ...

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