New Perspectives in Special Education
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:
Positivism and empiricism
Phenomenology and hermeneutics
Historical materialism and critical theory
Holism and constructivism
Structuralism and post structuralism
Pragmatism and symbolic interactionism
Postmodernism and historical epistemology
Anyone wishing to gain a fuller understanding of special education should not be without this stimulating and much needed text.
- 2012 Michael Farrell
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