• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Categories of Special Educational Needs
Categories of special educational needs
Introduction

The classification of children's difficulties in learning into categories has played a key role in the history of special educational provision. Categories have been at the root of the endeavour to identify and provide for a group of children and young people identified as being exceptional. Categories are the basis for parents who group themselves into specific voluntary organisations to promote the interests of a specific group of children. Researchers use categories to sort and describe the groups of children they study. Service administrators and managers use categories to monitor and plan additional educational provision, while teachers are prepared professionally and have their professional identities in terms of categories. Without some system of categories or a position ...

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