Dilemmas of Difference, Inclusion and Disability: International Perspectives and Future Directions

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Routledge, 2008 - Education - 228 pages
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**Shortlisted for the nasen Special Educational Needs Academic Book award 2008**

Inclusion has become very influential internationally in the field of schooling. This has involved the introduction of policies that pursue more provision for, and acceptance of, students with special educational needs or disabilities in ordinary school settings. However, these policies represent different and often conflicting values and approaches to education.

The basic dilemma of difference is whether to recognise or not to recognise differences, as either way there are negative implications or risks associated with stigma, devaluation, rejection or denial of relevant opportunities. This is the first book to examine ideas about these dilemmas from a range of disciplines and fields about the nature and origins of such dilemmas as they apply to special and inclusive education. In particular these dilemmas are about:

  • identification – whether to identify students as having special educational needs / disabilities or not?
  • curriculum – how much of a common curriculum is relevant to these students?
  • placement – can appropriate learning can take place in ordinary schools and classes or not?

This ground-breaking book examines professional educators and administrators at national and local authority level across three countries – England, USA and the Netherlands – and questions how they recognise tensions or dilemmas in responding to student differences. Of interest to researchers, students, academics and professionals, this study will provide a much needed, balanced and powerful contribution to the inclusion debate.

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Editors

Ann Lewis is Professor of Special Education and Educational Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include "Researching Children’ s Perspectives" (Open University Press 2000), "Children’ s Understanding of Disability" (1995), "Working with Children with Special Needs in the Primary School "(2005).

Brahm Norwich is Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs at the University of Exeter. His publications include "Psychology and Education in Interaction: working with uncertainty in connected fields" (2000), and Moderate Learning Difficulties and the Future of Inclusion.(2004)

Contributors

Paul Cooper, Professor of Education, Centre for Innovation in Raising Educational Achievement, University of Leicester, UK

Graeme Douglas, Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Alan Dyson, Professor of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Manchester, UK

Felicity Fletcher-Cambell, Principal Research Officer, Department of Professional and Curriculum Studies, NFER, UK. UK National Co-ordinator, European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education

Susan Gregory, Consultant, previously Senior Lecturer in Hearing Impairment, School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK

Liz Hodges, Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Rita Jordan is Reader in Autism Studies, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Ann Lewis, Professor in Autism Studies, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Deirdre Martin, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Mike McLinden, Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Olga Miller, Course Leader, Disabilities of Sight, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK

Brahm Norwich, Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Tim O’ Brien, Consultant in the area of EBD, UK

Jill Porter, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham UK

Dr Madeleine Portwood, Senior Educational Psychologist, Durham LEA, Dyspraxia Foundation Trustee, Chair of the Education Committee, UK

Dr Gavin Reid, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Dr Jean Ware, Director of Special Education, St Patrick's College, Dublin, Ireland

Jennifer Wishart, Professor of Special Education, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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