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Chapter 16: Epistemology and Special Education
Epistemology and Special Education
Epistemologists investigate questions of the variety:
- What is knowledge?
- Are there different kinds of knowledge?
- Are there good procedures for discovering knowledge?
- How can you know if you are wrong?
This chapter will examine some of these questions in the context of special education. There have been assumptions in the empirical evidence and rational arguments behind special education almost of a kind of special, ...