Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: June 22, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848607989 | Print ISBN: 9781412907293 | Online ISBN: 9781848607989| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 23: Curriculum Considerations in Meeting Special Educational Needs
Curriculum considerations in meeting special educational needs Questions about the nature and purpose of curriculum – what should be taught, why it should be taught and how it should be taught – have been long debated in education. They also have been of major concern to the field of special education, where for many years, the curriculum was separate from that which was on offer in mainstream schools, as were the debates about its nature and purpose. However, in the past 20 years, two major international developments, inclusion and standards-based reform, are now forcing a reconsideration of the notion of curriculum in the field of special education. It could be argued that this historic separation of special and mainstream curricula now presents particular challenges to the creation of more inclusive education systems, particularly as many countries have enacted education reforms that attempt to raise standards and to provide a common ...