Overcoming Exclusion: Social Justice Through Education

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Routledge, 2012 - Education - 251 pages
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In this Collected Works, Professor Peter Mittler brings together twenty-one of his key writings in one essential volume, providing a distinctive commentary on some of the most important issues in education over the last thirty years.

This unique collection illustrates the development of Professor Mittler’s thinking over the course of a long and esteemed career, encompassing his work on the origins of under-achievement, the ways in which obstacles to learning can be understood and overcome and the importance of human rights for all marginalised minorities. It follows the thread of his growing awareness that human development depends on a series of complex interactions between the ‘double helix’ of nature and nurture.

One of the world’s most respected and eminent scholars of the field of special needs and inclusive education, Professor Mittler includes chapters from his best-selling books and selected articles from leading journals, providing the reader with a chronological and global perspective on his work and thinking, and the impact it had at and beyond the time of writing.


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1 A more equitable society for all?
everybodys business
3 The psychological assessment of autistic children
4 Parents and teachers
5 Overview from Psychological Assessment of Mental and Physical Handicaps
6 Conclusions from The Study of Twins
7 The study of learning processes in the mentally handicapped
8 Research to practice in the field of handicap
12 Professional development for special needs education
the shadow and the substance
towards education for all from Special Needs in Ordinary Schools series
15 Educational entitlement in the nineties
tensions and dilemmas
similarities and differences
the role of the United Nations
19 Quality of life and services for people with disabilities

thirty years on
10 Preparing for selfadvocacy
11 Training for the 21st Century

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Peter Mittler CBE was appointed Professor of Special Needs Education at the University of Manchester in 1973, becoming Dean of the Faculty from 1991 until his retirement in 1994. Internationally, he has been involved in consultancy and advisory work in disability, inclusive education and staff development for the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and ILO. Since retirement, he has been Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Hong Kong (1997-8).

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