New Perspectives in Special Education
Contemporary philosophical debates
Routledge – 2012 – 288 pages
Routledge – 2012 – 288 pages
This book should be read by everyone who wants to understand special education today.
New Perspectives in Special Education opens the door to the fascinating and vitally important world of theory that informs contemporary special education. It examines theoretical and philosophical orientations such as ‘positivism’, ‘poststructuralism’ and ‘hermeneutics’, relating these to contemporary global views of special education.
Offering a refreshingly balanced view across a broad range of debates, this topical text guides the reader through the main theoretical and philosophical positions that may be held with regard to special education, and critically examines positions that often go unrecognised and unquestioned by practitioners and academics alike. It helps the reader to engage with and question the positions taken by themselves and others, by providing thinking points and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.
Perspectives covered include:
Anyone wishing to gain a fuller understanding of special education should not be without this stimulating and much needed text.
Michael Arthur-Kelly PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Special Education Centre, The University of Newcastle, NSW Australia
Lyndal M. Bullock, Regents Professor - Special Education, University of North Texas
Professor Garry Hornby, College of Education, University of Canterbury
'This book should be read by everyone who wants to understand special education today. We need more thoughtful treatments of special education like this one so that more people understand the difficult issues involving the accommodation of wide variation in students’ abilities and performance.'
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Virginia
Dr Karen P. Nonis, Associate Professor of Early Childhood & Special Needs Education, The National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
'The text builds on a growing interest in applying a more deeply theorised approach to understanding the field of special education … offer[s] a succinct but comprehensive overview.'
Dr Kristine Black-Hawkins, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Dr Gary O’ Reilly, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, University College Dublin
About the author Acknowledgements Preface Chapter outlines 1. Setting the scene 2. Contemporary special education and its critics 3. Positivism and empiricism 4. Phenomenology and hermeneutics 5. Historical materialism and critical theory 6. Holism and constructivism 7. Structuralism and post structuralism 8. Pragmatism and symbolic interactionism 9. Psychoanalysis: Freud and Lacan 10. Postmodernism and historical epistemology 11. Positivist special education and other perspectives 12. Implications for special education of different perspectives Bibliography Index
Michael Farrell is a widely published private special education consultant. He works with children, families, schools, local authorities, voluntary organisations, universities and government ministries. He has published extensively with Routledge, with recent titles including Debating Special Education, Educating Special Children, Second Edition, and second edition titles in the whole Effective Teacher's Guide series.