Barriers to Inclusion
Special Education in the United States and Germany
Justin J.W. Powell
- ISBN: 9781594512087
- Extent: 314pp
- Release Date: 20 Apr 2011
- Size: 229mm x 152mm
- Format: Hardback
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- Category: Education
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Barriers to Inclusion offers a comparative and historical account of the rise of special education over the twentieth century in the United States and Germany. This institutional analysis demonstrates how categorical boundaries, professional groups, social movements, and education and social policies shaped the schooling of children and youth with disabilities.
It traces the evolution of special education classification, explores growing special education organizations, and examines students’ learning opportunities and educational attainments. Highlighting cross-national differences over time, the author also investigates demographic and geographic variability within the federal democracies, especially in segregation and inclusion rates of disabled and disadvantaged children. Germany’s elaborate system of segregated special school types contrasts with diverse American special education classrooms mainly within regular schools.
Joining historical case studies with empirical indicators, this book reveals persistent barriers to school integration as well as factors that facilitate inclusive education reform in both societies.
About The Author
Justin J.W. Powell has been a Research Fellow of Berlin's Max Planck Institute for Human Development since 2000. As of fall 2005, he will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Goettingen.