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Debating special education

Debating special education

Farrell, Michael, 1948-

This is a provocative yet timely book examining a range of criticisms made of special education in recent years. Michael Farrell analyses several key debates in special education giving balanced critical responses to inform policy and practice for the future of special educational needs

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Published London: Routledge, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: by Michael Farrell
ISBN: 0415567289, 0415567297, 9780415567282, 9780415567299
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 v. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Inclusive education; Effective teaching.; Special needs; Inclusive education.; Special education.; Educational psychology.


  1. 1. Introduction 2. Sociological criticisms 3. Rights base criticisms and contested values 4. Postmodern and related criticisms 5. Limitations of the special education knowledge base 6. The unhelpfulness of classification 7. Problems with assessment 8. Negative effects of labelling 9. Professional limitations 10. Lack of distinctive provision 11. The alternative of inclusion as mainstreaming 12. Conclusion

Author note

Michael Farrellis an independent consultant in special education. He has published extensively in the field; his books include The Special Education Handbook,Celebrating the Special School,Key Issues in Special Educationand Educating Special Childrenalong with a number of The Effective Teacher's Guides(all published by Routledge).