Children with mild to moderate learning difficulties (MLD) make up the largest sub-group of children requiring special educational needs, and yet they are often neglected in terms of research and in their influence on future Government policies. This book, based on a Nuffield Foundation research project, considers the perspectives of children with moderate learning difficulties, reviewing relevant issues such as:
* identification of children with MLD;
* appropriate curriculum and pedagogy;
* inclusion in mainstream schools;
* their identity and self-perception.
The authors weave their findings into a wider review of current research in the MLD field and use a range of perspectives, from the professional, to psychological and sociological.
This is a contemporary look at MLD that discusses the historical and policy context , origins and justification for having a category for MLD. Students, researchers, and academics that are active in the field of inclusive education will find this an insightful and comprehensive text.
1. Introduction 2. Are there children with MLD: categories, history and current issues? 3. MLD and inclusion: curriculum, teaching and inclusion issues 4. Children's perspectives on their special provision 5. Perceptions of self and of labels 6. Social interaction, acceptance and bullying pupils with MLD 7. Survey of LEA policy and practice for moderate learning difficulties 8. The future for children with MLD: as a special educational need or not?