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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.

Curriculum Considerations in Meeting Special Educational Needs
Curriculum considerations in meeting special educational needs
Introduction

Questions about the nature and purpose of curriculum – what should be taught, why it should be taught and how it should be taught – have been long debated in education. They also have been of major concern to the field of special education, where for many years, the curriculum was separate from that which was on offer in mainstream schools, as were the debates about its nature and purpose. However, in the past 20 years, two major international developments, inclusion and standards-based reform, are now forcing a reconsideration of the notion of curriculum in the field of special education.

It could be argued that this historic separation of special and mainstream curricula now ...

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