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ERIC Number: EJ875298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Special Needs: A Philosophical Analysis
Vehmas, Simo
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v14 n1 p87-96 Feb 2010
This paper attempts to illuminate a central concept and idea in special education discourse, namely, "special needs". It analyses philosophically what needs are and on what grounds they are defined as "special" or "exceptional". It also discusses whether sorting needs into ordinary and special is discriminatory. It is argued that individualistic tendency in special need rhetoric has serious shortcomings, although it does not inevitably lead to discrimination against those with "special needs". Improving individuals' capabilities as well as social conditions are the means to create societies and schools which are inclusive, and which put justice into practice. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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