1st Edition

Policy, Provision and Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability
Perspectives across Countries

Edited By

Peter Wood

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ISBN 9780367724993
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book showcases the diverse nature of policy, provision and practice for special educational needs and disability (SEND) across different international settings.

Situated across a backdrop of varied international policies relating to inclusion, the book offers insights into the rhetoric of SEND policy and practice across a range of settings to contribute to our understanding of SEND provision. It explores the complexities, concerns and challenges experienced by staff, pupils, parents and carers in contemporary education settings. Chapters draw on contemporary empirical research and are structured around four parts: special education needs and disability within policy; stakeholder perceptions and experiences of SEND provision; meeting the needs of SEND children; and moving towards inclusive practice.

The volume will challenge thought, stimulate critique and provoke debate in the field of special educational needs both locally and globally and will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in the field of inclusive education, special needs education and comparative education.

Table of Contents

1 – Introduction: Making the case for the exploration of special educational needs and disability policy, provision and practice across countries

Peter Wood

Part one - Special education needs and disability within policy

2 - Culturally and linguistically diverse migrant students with special needs and disabilities: Essential policies and practices in the United States of America

John Kambutu and Lydiah Nganga


3 - Education policy and inclusive education: People and processes

Rachel Bowden, Su Lyn Corcoran and Helen Pinnock

4 - Inclusive special needs and disability education: History, policies, practice and challenges in Kenya and Nepal

Lydiah Nganga, Sapna Thapa, John Kambutu and Samara Madrid Akpovo

Part two - Stakeholder perceptions and experiences of SEND provision

5 - Special educational needs co-ordinators’ perceptions of effective provision for including autistic children in primary and middle schools in England

Janice Wearmouth and Cathal Butler

6 - School staff members’ and parents’ experiences of the inclusion of deaf children in Malaysian mainstream schools

Khairul Farhah Khairuddin and Susie Miles

Part three - Meeting the needs of SEND children: The role of the learning environment

7 - Inclusion in Norwegian schools: Pupils’ experiences of their learning environment

Peder Haug

8 - A language focused approach to supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Rebecca Hibbin and Jo Warin

9 - Forest school as a space for risk for children with social, emotional and mental health needs

Angela Garden

Part four - Moving towards inclusive practice

10 - A European consideration of early school leaving as a process running through childhood: A model for inclusive action

Garry Squires

11 - Teacher education for SEND inclusion in an international context: The importance of critical theoretical work

Deborah Robinson

12 – Conclusion: Positioning special educational needs and disability in contemporary teaching and learning

Peter Wood

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Peter Wood is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moore’s University, UK. His interest in special educational needs and disability (SEND) stem from his time working in primary schools as a Learning Mentor. Peter’s research focuses on emotions and education, and specifically the ways disadvantage, inequality and discrimination frame experiences of social and emotional well-being in the educational space.