ERIC Number: ED426566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Integration in Europe: Provision for Pupils with Special Education Needs. Trends in 14 European Countries.
Meijer, Cor J. W., Ed.
This report describes how different European countries deal with the issues and practicalities surrounding their efforts to integrate pupils with special education needs. More specifically, it focuses upon the current "state of the art" in school integration policies and practices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England and Wales, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Beginning chapters explain the framework and methodology of the research and provide descriptions of the individual countries. The book then analyzes definitions and assessment of pupils with special needs, the number of pupils with special education needs, curriculum and teaching in relationship to special educational needs, the role of special schools, parents and attitudes in society, and barriers to integration. Results of the study indicate: (1) there is a clear development toward the transformation of special schools into resource centers; (2) every country has already implemented, or is implementing, policies that will make integrative education possible; (3) the number of pupils registered as having special educational needs varies enormously; and (4) countries in the northwestern part of Europe appear to place pupils more frequently in special settings as opposed to southern European and Scandinavian countries. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Classification, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Curriculum, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Incidence, Inclusive Schools, Parent Attitudes, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Research Methodology, Special Education, Student Placement, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education
European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, Teglgaardsparken 100, DK-5500 Middelfart, Denmark; Tel: +45-64-41-00-20; Fax: +45-64-41-23-03; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.european-agency.org
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, Middelfart (Denmark).