ERIC Number: EJ746092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 21
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Keil, Sue; Miller, Olga; Cobb, Rory
British Journal of Special Education, v33 n4 p168-172 Dec 2006
Issues relating to the categorisation and labelling of pupils, and, the use of the terms "special educational needs" and "disability" in particular, have been the topic of debate in "BJSE" before. In this article, Sue Keil, a research officer at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Olga Miller, of the Institute of Education, University of London, and Rory Cobb, a development officer at the RNIB, summarise some of the key findings from a review carried out on behalf of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). The authors highlight confusion over the use of terms that represent differing ideological perspectives. Despite the social focus that characterises much of the discourse about disability, disability is frequently regarded as an aspect of special educational needs, an area in which a medical model is often dominant. These confusions benefit neither children with disabilities nor those with less clearly-defined difficulties. Sue Keil, Olga Miller and Rory Cobb note with interest recent developments in Scotland where a new framework based on the concept of "additional support needs" separates disability from educational need and is intended to represent a more inclusive approach to children's learning.
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Classification, Ideology, Pragmatics, Definitions, Misconceptions, Summative Evaluation
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)