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The Globalized Phenomenon of Inclusion in Special Education

Winzer and Mazurek Reveal in this New Collection How Educators Worldwide Employ this Basic Reform While Meeting Challenges Unique to Their Respective Nations

“Over the past three decades the concepts and practices of special education, and in particular inclusive schooling, have assumed the momentum of a general globalized phenomenon,” begin Margret A. Winzer and Kas Mazurek in the introduction to their new collaboration International Practices in Special Education: Debates and Challenges. “The ideas have so piqued the interest of educators, legislators, and parents that inclusive schooling is now placed firmly on the social change agenda and has become an international movement.”

Revisiting the main subject of their 1994 volume Comparative Studies in Deaf Education, the editors have learned that each nation faces challenges different from those of most other countries. “Inclusion is one of the most significant, enduring, popular, and widespread reform movements in contemporary education. But even as a growing number of nations embrace the philosophy and concepts, it is only very recently that scholarly attention has been paid to the realities of implementation in various national and cultural settings. As the inclusion movement emerges more urgently around the world, its processes and practices require scrutiny and examination from a variety of pragmatic and theoretical perspectives. International Practices in Special Education: Debates and Challenges is designed to provide a broad overview of special education and inclusive schooling as conceptualized and practiced in the world today.”

“The text analyzes changes and developments in contemporary special education through the perspectives of national case studies, which provide a rich database and broad international views. Our major goal is not merely to present details of prevalence figures, etiologies, and rehabilitation and special education efforts around the world, important as these in themselves may be. The object is to investigate special education practice within its social context with a particular emphasis on the varied parameters, threads, and challenges involved in the current international movement toward inclusive schooling.”

Read chapter fourteen, “Current Developments in Education Policy for Students With Disabilities in Australia,” in its entirety online and receive 20% off of the regular price by typing “DEC2011” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button. You may also order by mail.

Reference & Research News highlighted an interesting historical fact in its annotation of the new collection Partners in Education: Issues and Trends from the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf: “The introduction gives a brief history of the ICED which began in 1878, and summarizes the main developments of each congress. Presenters at the 21st Congress address topics such as teaching students diagnosed with overlays of disabilities, deaf children who are also ethnic minorities or immigrants in their countries of residence, language diversity in deaf education, and problems faced by deaf students in impoverished countries.” The second volume in the Deaf Education series, Partners in Education features all of the keynote addresses given by the celebrated scholars who presented at the 21st International Congress on the Education for the Deaf (ICED) held in Vancouver, B.C., in 2010. Read more in “Strand 1. Educational Environments” and order this compelling collection online or by mail.

SIGNews printed a unique review for Christopher Jon Heuer’s book of essays BUG: Deaf Identity and Internal Revolution. The reviewer, Leanne, remembered seeing Heuer, an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Literacy at Gallaudet University. She goes on to quote John Lee Clark, well-known poet, author, and editor of Deaf American Poetry, who wrote the foreword for BUG. “What you have in your hands is a bomb. But it is the kind you need to hold on to for dear life, not run away from.” Leanne continues by writing, “Once I held this book and started reading, I could not put it away. The stories and poems will make you chuckle and make you think also. I would recommend this book to anyone. This could be for cultural study, English classes, recreational reading, and more.”

Read Heuer’s introduction, “On Small Things Easily Squished (and Alternative Destinies),” and order it online or by mail.

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