Exploring Effective Special Needs Provision From Around the World

Book Release

Introducing Inclusive Education at the Crossroads:

Exploring Effective Special Needs Provision in Global Contexts.  Gordon-Gould and Garry Hornby.

Inclusive Education at the Crossroads explores the short and long-term effectiveness of government plans to reform policy for special needs education, confronting difficult questions on policies about inclusion and suggesting alternative ways forward for achieving more effective education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Inclusive Education

Inclusion has been a central concern for education systems globally for over three decades. However, has preoccupation with inclusion been at the expense of effective education for children with SEND? Where do policies for inclusion lead, and do they amount to the special education reform that is needed? What do the worldwide experiences of inclusion and special education reveal about how to improve the quality of education systems for all children in the future? How effective is provision for children with SEND today? Through this informative and topical book, Gordon-Gould and Hornby shine an interrogating spotlight on current provision for SEND and ask if current legislation and policy inadvertently reinforce problems; if they cause many children with SEND to fall short of their potential, as well as preventing many schools from improving their levels of overall academic attainment.

Inclusive Education at the Crossroads  provides theory and research for teachers, school leaders, governors, policy makers, researchers, parents, post graduate students and anyone seeking practical solutions to meeting the needs of pupils with SEND in any global context. It will encourage open debate about the essence of educational inclusion in order to stimulate creative thinking among all stakeholders.

The contentious issue addressed is how to provide effective education for children with special educational needs and disabilities within the context of ever-increasing international pressure to implement full inclusion, whilst responding to national pressure to raise educational standards. The focus is on theory, research and practice in order to question whether schools are in a position to develop the potential of all children or whether current policies on inclusion could be holding some of them back. Hence, it is considered whether the issue of special needs is the ‘elephant in the classroom’ because of the inability of teachers to effectively provide for the high numbers, wide diversity and complexity of special needs that would be expected in mainstream classrooms under a full inclusion model. This would, without additional support from special education teachers and facilities, doom all attempts at effective inclusion and improvements in overall academic standards.

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