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Comparing Special EducationOrigins to Contemporary Paradoxes$
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John G. Richardson and Justin J.W. Powell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760737

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760737.001.0001

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The Global Institution of Special Education

The Global Institution of Special Education

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(p.97) Chapter 3 The Global Institution of Special Education
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Comparing Special Education
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760737.003.0004

In 1957, the first survey of special education conducted by the United Nations revealed its presence worldwide, yielding data on the total numbers of students in schools and classes by gender and category. This chapter presents cross-national analyses of the first international surveys carried out by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the variation of special education classification and participation rates. It examines the structure of special education as a global institution, underscoring the raised awareness of disabilities and special educational needs, and special education provisions worldwide.

Keywords:   special education, surveys, UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, participation rates, disabilities, special educational needs, special education provisions

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