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Special Education and Social Control

Invisible Disasters, 1st Edition

By Julienne Ford, Denis Mongon, Maurice Whelan


188 pages

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First published in 1982. Between 1955 and 1980 the number of pupils in special needs schools in Britain increased tenfold. Between 1970 and 1977 the number of units for ‘difficult’ pupils also increased tenfold and went on increasing. Some observers saw this as a welcome advance in special education, others as an extension of discrimination. The authors of this study highlight the dangers of such a provision being used as a form of social control, which may be imposed on children whose only failure is an inability to fit into the stereotype of the ideal student.

Table of Contents

Notes About the Authors; 1. Introduction 2. Special Education and the State: 1880-1980 3. Social Control Through a Medical Model 4. The Range of Special Education in Britain 5. Classroom Diagnoses 6. The Decision to Refer 7. Children Referred 8. Praxis?; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Special Educational Needs

This set of 62 volumes, originally published between 1951 and 1999, amalgamates a wide breadth of literature on Special Educational Needs, with a particular focus on inclusivity, class management and curriculum theory. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of Education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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