1st Edition

Special Education and School Reform in the United States and Britain

Edited By Maggie McLaughlin, Martyn Rouse Copyright 2000
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    by Routledge

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    This book is about how special education policy and practice is being negotiated within the context of educational reform in two countries.
    The political climate of recent years in both Britain and the USA led to many changes along similar lines, with a move towards placing greater power and choice in the hands of those individuals with special educational needs.
    Each chapter provides an overview and comparative analysis of the origins and evolution of specific educational reforms in the USA and the UK. The themes explored include:
    *providing parents with greater choice
    *decentralising decision making
    *making the whole curriculum available to all
    *funding the necessary changes.

    1.Introduction: the Struggles for Reform Margaret McLaughlin and Martyn Rouse 2.Defining Difference: a Comparative Perspective on Legal and Policy Issues in Education Reform and Special Educational Needs Lani Florian and Diana Pullin 3.Standards and Curriculum: the Core of Educational Reform Margaret J. McLaughlin and Christina Tilstone 4.National Assessment and Special Education in the United States and England and Wales: Towards a Common System for All? Martyn Rouse, James G. Shriner and Lou Danielson 5.Educational Accountability and Students with Disabilities in the United States and in England and Wales Judy Sebba, Martha L. Thurlow and Margaret Goertz 6.Special Educational Needs Policy and Choice: Tensions Between Policy Development in the US and UK Contexts Cheryl Lange and Sheila Riddell 7.The Dying Governance of Education and Its Comparative Impact on Special Education in the United Kingdom and the United States Jennifer Evans and Michael M. Gerber 8.Funding of Special Education in the United States and England and Wales Tony Bowers and Tom Parrish