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Key Issues in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

Key Issues in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

  • Alan Hodkinson - Liverpool Hope University, UK
  • Philip Vickerman - Head of Research for Physical Education, Sport, Dance and Outdoor Education, Liverpool John Moores University

200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Using case studies and reflection points, this book explores and critically examines the field of Special Education. It provides a detailed introduction aimed at helping students to develop understanding, without assuming any prior knowledge.

The book is divided into three distinct sections:
  • Section 1 defines the concepts of special needs, SEN and disability, examining how provision is maintained in Britain. It analyses how the development of the concept of disability has been defined through ideological models, and looks at how the attitudes of teachers, parents and non-disabled children have affected the inclusion of disabled children.
  • Section 2 considers the historical development of SEN and the emergence of inclusive education within England, offering a comparative analysis of the legislation and practices governing its delivery and inclusion within various education systems.
  • Section 3 examines the major legislation surrounding SEN and inclusive education. It outlines the development of the Every Child Matters Agenda, examining the roles and responsibilities of the education, health and social care professionals involved in delivery.
Combining critical exploration with an overview of future challenges, this timely text enables students to develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the field, leaving them better able to engage in meaningful and informed discussion on the issues surrounding it.
Principles of SEN: Theoretical Perspectives
Disability: Explanatory Beginnings
The Development of SEN: From Benevolent Humanitarianism to the Halfway House of Integration
The Emergence of Inclusive Education: From Humble Beginnings
International Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Education
Current Legislation Governing Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
Inclusion and Multi-Agency Working

'This remains a solid text, well researched and entirely laudable in its intentions, which must be presumed to be intending to facilitate speedy familiarisation with the history of inclusion and the legislation that surrounds it' -

'This is probably one of the most accessible books I have read lately in relation to SEN and Inclusion, and I intend to make it an essential core text for my inclusion module. It would be very accessible to students who are relatively new to the theoretical aspects behind the idea or concept of inclusion' - ESCalate

A good book which is structured well with good examples. The students have fed back and thought this book was easy to follow. We are cosnidering adopting this book as a core text for 15/16

Ms Arvinder Kaur
Department of Sport, Bradford College
December 1, 2014

Excellent key text for any student exploring Special Educational Needs and the history of development.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Dept of Psychology, Kingston University
November 24, 2014

Excellent book

Mrs Amanda Kelland
Newport School of Education, University of South Wales (Newport)
November 20, 2014

Covers a wide range of topics at an introductory level. Easy to access and perfect for level 4 students

Mr Carl Longmore
Special needs and inclusion, Wolverhampton University
September 29, 2014

In addition to contextualising SEND in relation to historical, ideological and political developments, this book supports students in developing a critical understanding of the complexities associated with inclusion. The case studies are particularly useful in supporting reflection and promoting discussion in relation to 'real life' examples. A variety of student activities and further readings are recommended which increase reader engagement and learner independence.

Mr Jonathan Reid
School of Education, Oxford Brookes Univ.
September 11, 2014

Easily accessible for learners. Key information relevant and easy to find.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
July 16, 2014

This is a comprehensive essential guide for all those who work within the Early Years setting who are required to develop their subject knowledge in Special Educational Needs.

Highly recommended!

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
June 17, 2014

This is going to be my new level 4 key text for inclusion. I like the way it encompasses a range of historical and current influences on SEN and encourages the student to explore a range of perspectives.

Miss Catherine Farnon
Faculty of Community Studies, Highlands College
May 31, 2014

A helpful introduction to some of the key issues relating to inclusion and special educational needs. This book provides a useful overview and is clear and accessible.

Ms Mary Bennett-Hartley
School of Primary Education, Birmingham City University
May 21, 2014

Alan Hodkinson

Alan Hodkinson was for many years a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and senior manager in the primary school sector. Currently, he is an Associate Professor, in the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. More About Author

Philip Vickerman

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