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ERIC Number: EJ982872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Towards a Framework for Understanding the Process of Educating the "Special" in Special Education
Hausstatter, Rune Sarromaa; Connolley, Steven
International Journal of Special Education, v27 n2 p181-188 2012
This article addresses the debate between traditionalism and inclusion within special education, and presents the argument that being disabled and having special needs are very real conditions, even though disabilities are socially constructed, and that teachers must respond to this reality. This article first presents a theoretical framework that provides an understanding of the processes that create the special student in special education. This article claims that this process is part of the technology of normalization, which plays an important role within special education. Secondly, we show how this understanding can be helpful for identifying the appropriate means of educating and supporting the "special" student. By emphasizing the link to the practical field of special education, we can better see how we construct the "special" in special education and how we can use this knowledge to select the most appropriate solutions for a person with special needs. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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