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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.

Research and Pupil Voice
Research and pupil voice
Introduction

There are many reasons for involving children and young people in the process of research (Kirby, Lanyon, Kronin, & Sinclair, 2003). We may for example believe that the research will be better or more meaningful, and have greater validity in revealing children's views and experiences. Additionally we may believe in the importance of democratic participation, and that children should contribute to the decision-making process in the development of aspects of their lives that particularly concern them. We may also as educators recognize that contributing to the research process provides an important vehicle for personal development. There is therefore a growing body of interest in developing research that might be described as participatory, whether this involves ensuring that the voices ...

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