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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs
A Resource for Practitioners

First Edition

January 2004 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides a route map for special education. Through examining related disciplines, which illuminate the field, it considers how special education can be better understood. The author views issues in special education within the wider disciplines of history, sociology, law, politics, ethics, economics, medicine and psychology. He looks at the national, local, and school frameworks in which special education operates, and shows how provision for pupils with special educational needs is influenced by structures, procedures and practices at national, local, and school levels.

Features include:

  • The ethics of preventing disability
  • Llesson's history
  • Identifying value in sociological perspectives
  • Psychological and other Models of teaching
  • Aspects of the National Framework
  • Aspects of the Local Framework
  • The School SEN Policy
  • The Curriculum and School Organization
Historical Dimensions
Legal Definitions Relating to SEN, Local Criteria and the SENDIST
Political Judgements, Inclusion and the Future of Special Schools
Ethical Issues in Preventing and Treating Disabilities and Learning Difficulties
SEN Funding in a Re-Distributive Society
The Medical Model in an Integrated Approach
Sociological Influences in Special Education Guidance and Perspectives
Psychological and Other Approaches to Teaching and Learning
National Frameworks
Further Clarity

Local Frameworks
Closer Liaison

School Frameworks
Widening Accountability


This book offers a good overview but I have used it as 'supplemental' on my course as it is now 11 years old and legislation and guidance has moved on... However, that said, it does illuminate a breadth of issues.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
April 24, 2015

As the range of support needs grows within FE this is a useful and supportive resource.

Mrs Jo Pothecary
Student Support & Engagement, Wiltshire College
February 4, 2015

A useful textbook for all those involved in main stream and special education.

April 2, 2014

This is a well written resource and would provide excellent reference point for learner undertaking the special educational needs optional units.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 8, 2013

Michael Farrell

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