Special education is a complex and constantly evolving field. This topic provides students with an overview of the field of special education and its development in a broader historical and social context. Students are introduced to key terminology and foundational concepts, and a variety of perspectives and models of assessment, intervention and support in special education. Students explore a philosophy of inclusion and its associated practices in and implications for contemporary schools and service settings. Students engage with a range of contemporary and topical issues related to Special Education, critically analysing their depiction in society and the media and evaluating relevant current research.
This topic aims to introduce students to the field of special education and to develop students' understanding of the following broad special education principles:
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