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ERIC Number: EJ791092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4669
Disproportionality in Special Needs Education in England
Dyson, Alan; Gallannaugh, Frances
Journal of Special Education, v42 n1 p36-46 2008
Unlike the United States, England does not have a special education system based on the identification of students as having disabilities of one or another type. Instead, the English system enables help to be provided to students on the basis of assessments of their individual "special educational needs." The authors consider the implications of this position for the disproportional presence of students from different social groups in the special needs system. They argue that disproportionality is a reality in England, as in the United States, though it cannot be understood simply in relation to racial minorities. Nor, within a non-disability-based system, does it arise principally from the misidentification of students as having disabilities. Instead, it reflects broad educational and social inequalities. Disproportionality research, therefore, needs to concern itself with these inequalities. (Contains 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)