The second edition of The SAGE Handbook of Special Education provides a comprehensive overview of special education, offering a wide range of views on key issues from all over the world. The contributors bring together up-to-date theory, research and innovations in practice, with an emphasis on future directions for the role of special education in a global context of inclusion. This brand new edition features: • New chapters on families, interagency collaboration and issues of lifelong learning • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities • Policy reform proposals • Equity and social justice in education • The impact of new thinking on assessment • Issues and developments in classification • The preparation and qualifications that teachers need The Handbook’s breadth, clarity and academic rigour will make it essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students, and also for practitioners, teachers, school managers and administrators.
Chapter 53: Medicalization in Schools
Medicalization in Schools
Medicalization can be characterized as the product of processes that seek to put social problems into a medical framework. This process of placing phenomena into a medical framework has become more commonplace (Conrad, 2007, p. 88; Conrad & Schneider, 1992; Zola, 1972) with the concept ...