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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.
Chapter 39: Learning without Limits: Constructing a Pedagogy Free from Determinist Beliefs about Ability
Learning without Limits: Constructing a Pedagogy Free from Determinist Beliefs about Ability
In memory of Annabelle Dixon.
Literature and research spanning many decades have drawn attention to the damaging effects of ability labelling on young people's learning and life chances. Yet determinist beliefs about ability continue to have currency in schools. Indeed, the idea that children are born with a given amount of intellectual power, which sets limits to possible future achievements, has gained renewed strength and legitimacy in recent years. Government-sponsored initiatives to raise standards and improve practice in schools have placed particular emphasis upon the need to differentiate by ‘ability’. In England and Wales, school inspectors are trained to check that teaching is differentiated ...