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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2002): Education - Overseas

A CRITICAL CONSIDERATION OF CURRENT VALUES ON THE EDUCATION OF DISABLED CHILDREN

S Symeonidou

International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 6, 2002, p. 217-229

Article outlines the values of the society as a whole, the state (government and civil servants) and the stakeholders (families and professionals) with regard to the education of disabled children in Cyprus.

A GIFTED PROGRAMME IN ICELAND AND ITS EFFECTS

J Freeman and B Josepsson

High Ability Studies, vol. 13, 2002, p. 35-46

This article examines the effects of a gift enrichment programme in Iceland (1985-96). It discusses how the family provides the basic framework for the development of gifts and considers other issues such as: social cognition; individual differences; education for the development of gifts; and acceleration and enrichment.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION IN PRACTICE: DIMENSIONS FOR NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

M Hayden (ed.) et al

London: Kogan Page, 2002

This book examines the state and future of international education in relation to national schools and education systems as well as those that are classed as 'international schools'.

It covers a wide range of issues including:

  • the history and nature of international education
  • translating concepts into formal curriculum frameworks
  • supporting and developing teaching in an international context
  • organising and managing schools and their communities for effective international education

MAINSTREAMING TO FULL INCLUSION: FROM ORTHOGENESIS TO PATHOGENESIS OF AN IDEA

K A Kavale

International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, vol. 49, 2002, p. 201-214

This article examines the trend in the United States towards greater integration of students with disabilities into general education and the present call for full inclusion. It suggests that the necessary attitudes, accommodations and adaptations are not yet in place to allow students with disabilities an appropriate education in mainstream schools.

SCHOOL CHOICE ACCOUNTABILITY: AN EXAMINATION OF INFORMED CONSUMERS IN DIFFERENT CHOICE PROGRAMS

E van Dunk and A Dickman

Urban Affairs Review, vol. 37, 2002, p. 844-856

The hope about school choice is that parents will act like consumers and send consistent signals about their needs and wishes. Schools will then compete to meet those needs. Those that can will thrive and others will close. Another belief is that enabling parents to choose their child's school empowers them to learn more about schools and actively participate in them. Study examines across different types of school choice programmes how much information parent consumers have at their disposal and whether they send consistent signals when they select one school over another. Findings suggest that not all consumers possess adequate information or send consistent signals and systemic differences exist across choice programmes.

SCHOOL-LINKED COLLABORATIVE SERVICES: LINKING PUBLIC AGENCIES WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

A M Eilers

Administration and Society, vol. 34, 2002, p.285-308

Article examines US county-level public agency administrators' use of systems changing as a policy instrument in linking a school system with three public agencies (public health, human services and law enforcement) to form a collaborative services initiative. The goal behind the collaborative services effort was to provide a coherent set of multiple services to disadvantaged children and families.

YOUNG PEOPLE, EDUCATION AND HOPE: BRINGING VET IN FROM THE MARGINS

K Te Riele and S Crump

International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 6, 2002, p. 251-266

Argues that vocational education and training has the potential to re-engage disaffected young people who are at risk of being caught in a downward spiral of disadvantage. Asks to what extent the post-compulsory curriculum in Australia is serving student and family ambitions for employment in a way that is equitable and inclusive.

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