Disability Classification in Education: Issues and Perspectives




Author: Lani Florian, Margaret J. Mclaughlin
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2008
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 296
Isbn10 Code: 1412938767
Isbn13 Code: 9781412938761


Review "Makes a strong contribution to the field, illuminating many issues and significant concerns." (Mary Carlson, Special Education Teacher ) “A unique, timeless collection that raises interesting questions about disability classification internationally.” (Wendy Dallman, Special Education Teacher ) About the Author Margaret McLaughlin has been involved in special education all of her professional career, beginning as a teacher of students with serious emotional and behavior disorders. Currently she is the associate director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children, a research institute within the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She directs several national projects investigating educational reform and students with disabilities, including the national Educational Policy Reform Research Institute (EPRRI), a consortium involving the University Maryland; The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO); and the Urban Special Education Collaborative. She also directs a national research project investigating special education in charter schools and leads a policy leadership doctoral and postdoctoral program in conducting large-scale research in special education. McLaughlin has worked in Bosnia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala in developing programs for students with developmental disabilities. She has consulted with numerous state departments of education and local education agencies on issues related to students with disabilities and the impact of standards-driven reform policies. McLaughlin co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Goals 2000 and Students with Disabilities, which resulted in the report Educating One and All. She was a member of the NAS committee on the disproportionate representation of minority students in special education. McLaughlin teaches graduate courses in disability policy and has written extensively in the area of school reform and students with disabilities. She earned her PhD at the University of Virginia and has held positions at the U.S. Office of Education and the University of Washington. Lani Florian is a professor of social and educational inclusion at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Previously she was a senior lecturer in inclusive and special education in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and a fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Her research interests include categorization of children, models of provision for meeting special educational needs, and teaching practice in inclusive schools. She has written extensively on inclusive education and serves as a consultant on special needs education and inclusion for UNICEF and other international agencies in CEE/CIS countries. Recently, she edited the SAGE Handbook of Special Education and co-authored Achievement and Inclusion in Schools.

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