Special Education is a complex and constantly evolving field. This topic provides students with a current overview of the field of special education and its development in a broader historical and social context. Students develop proficiency with key terminology, legislation and policies and foundational concepts, and examine a variety of perspectives and models of assessment, intervention and support in special education. A core focus of the topic is 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; they critically analyse the depiction of these issues in society and the media and evaluate relevant current research.
This topic aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the field of special education and to develop students' understanding of the following broad special education principles: