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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.

Sociocultural Views of Learning
Sociocultural views of learning
Introduction

Current conceptualizations of sociocultural theory draw heavily on the work of Vygotsky. However, it would be erroneous to limit understanding of this important influence in educational theory, thought, and practice to the works of one individual. This is a rich area of research and theory, which has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the field of special education.

Sociocultural theory attempts to provide a complex description of the dynamic contexts in which, and the processes through which, learning and development take place. Cognitive development is seen as emerging as a result of interactions within a cultural and historical context, rather than unfolding in a biologically driven sequence. In this view, learning is seen as leading, or ...

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