Theorising Special Education

Theorising Special Education

by Catherine Clark
     
 

The field of special needs education is well established, and although it continues to develop in exciting and controversial ways, involving some of education's leading thinkers, many people feel it is lacking a coherent theoretical analysis of its own.
Students and practitioners, looking for some solid theory to reinforce their own study or practice, commonly

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Overview

The field of special needs education is well established, and although it continues to develop in exciting and controversial ways, involving some of education's leading thinkers, many people feel it is lacking a coherent theoretical analysis of its own.
Students and practitioners, looking for some solid theory to reinforce their own study or practice, commonly have to 'borrow' from other disciplines, such as psychology and sociology, since there has been no attempt to provide a theoretical foundation for the special needs community. This book does exactly that, bringing together contributions from key names in the field from UK and beyond.
The book will establish itself as an essential text for students and teachers, as well as all those involved in special needs across the social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415147507
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/26/1998
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
1Introducing the issue of theorising1
2Would it work in theory?: arguments for practitioner research and theorising in the special needs field7
3Permission to speak?: theorising special education inside the classroom21
4From theory to practice: special education and the social relations of academic production32
5Medical and psychological models in special needs education44
6Models of complexity: theory-driven intervention practices61
7The poverty of special education: theories to the rescue?79
8Embracing the holistic/constructivist paradigm and sidestepping the post-modern challenge90
9Decision making in uncertainty106
10From Milton Keynes to the middle kingdom: making sense of special education in the 1990s116
11The politics of theorising special education126
12Conflicting perspectives on learning disabilities137
13Theorising special education: time to move on?156
References174
Index193

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