Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Riddell's new book published (7 Dec 2017)

Professor Sheila Riddell's new title "Special Education and Globalisation: Continuities and contrasts across the developed and developing world", published by Routledge, is now available.


Special Education and Globalization illustrates the way in which inclusive education has become the dominant discourse across Europe and the wider international context. Contributions to this book highlight the tensions evident within each jurisdiction, related to the construction of disability within specific historical and cultural antecedents. These tensions often involve the relationship between official policy discourses and grassroots practices based on the assumptions of classroom practitioners who may have strong views on individual deficits. Parents and voluntary organisations may also have an interest in asserting the ‘specialness’ of specific conditions which require provision outside the mainstream. Finally, the emergence of new bureaucratic structures in an era of heightened national and individual competition often run counter to the ethos of co-operation which informs inclusive practice.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

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Introduction: Special education and globalisation: Continuities and contrasts across the developed and developing world Sheila Riddell and Elisabet Weedon

  1. Additional support needs policy in Scotland: challenging or reinforcing social inequality? Sheila Riddell and Elisabet Weedon
  2. Special education and minority ethnic young people in England: continuing issues — Sally Tomlinson
  3. Exclusion from school and recognition of difference  Gillean McCluskey, Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon and Mariela Fordyce
  4. The narrative of special education in Sweden: History and trends in policy and practice — Eva Hjörne
  5. Fighting segregation in special needs education in the Netherlands: the effects of different funding models — Sip Jan Pijl
  6. Reconceptualising inclusion as participation: Neoliberal buck-passing or strategic by-passing? — Linda J. Graham
  7. Social justice and technocracy: tracing the narratives of inclusive education in the USA  Scot Danforth
  8. Moving forward or standing still? A reflection of ‘special’ educational provision in Malaysia — Pei Wen Chong

Related project

Special Education and Policy Change: A Study of Six Jurisdictions

Related publication

Riddell, S. & Weedon, E. (2014). Changing legislation and its effects on inclusive and special education: Scotland. British Journal of Special Education, 41(4): 363–381.