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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.

Changing Perspectives of Special Education in the Evolving Context of Educational Reform
Changing perspectives of special education in the evolving context of educational reform
Introduction

In many post-industrial societies there is a growing interest of central government in defining and shaping educational reform. In both the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), this interest arose from concerns by politicians and the media about poor results on international comparisons of achievement and the implications of these poor results for long-term economic competitiveness. There were also concerns about the causes and consequences of the persistent underachievement of particular groups of students, notably those living in poverty and those from certain minority ethnic groups. In the UK these concerns first found expression in the so-called ‘great debate’ beginning in ...

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