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Comparing Special Education: Origins to Contemporary Paradoxes

John G. Richardson and Justin J.W. Powell


In today's schools the number of students who receive additional resources to access the curriculum is growing rapidly, and the ongoing expansion of special education is among the most significant worldwide educational developments of the past century. Yet even among developed democracies the range of access varies hugely, from one student in twenty to one student in three. In contemporary conflicts about educational standards and accountability, special education plays a key role as it draws the boundaries between exclusion and inclusion. This book unites in-depth comparative and historical s ... More

Keywords: special education, educational standards, exclusion, inclusion, United States, England, France, Germany, educational governance, social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804760737
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John G. Richardson, author

Justin J.W. Powell, author