ERIC Number: EJ1175815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners in Special Education: English Learners
Counts, Jennifer; Katsiyannis, Antonis; Whitford, Denise K.
NASSP Bulletin, v102 n1 p5-21 Mar 2018
The multidimensional issue of the representation of diverse students in special education has been a persistent and challenging concern for decades. Overwhelmingly, research outlining racial and ethnic disproportionality data have historically demonstrated stability in the overrepresentation of students of color in special education. However, the growing number of culturally and linguistically diverse learners also requires an examination of the representation of English learners in special education as well. This article provides an overview of trends and issues in both underrepresentation and overrepresentation of English learners in special education. Contributing factors for variability, as well as recommendations for future research and improved practice are provided.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Special Education, Disproportionate Representation, English Language Learners, Evaluation Methods, Homogeneous Grouping, Minority Group Students, Racial Bias, Ethnicity
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