Book/Report Chapter

Insights into the Prevalence of Special Educational Needs

October 12, 2016

James Williams, Elizabeth Nixon, Emer Smyth, Dorothy Watson (Ed.), Cherishing All the Children Equally? Ireland 100 Years on from the Easter Rising, chapter 8, pp. 153-174

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Chapter 8 examines aspects of provision for children with special educational needs and considers their inclusion within Irish mainstream education in recent years. It considers how much of the education and care of children with special needs in the early decades of the 20th century was provided by religious orders before going on to discuss how, since the early 1990s, there has been a substantial shift in focus from segregated educational provision towards a more inclusive view of special education, mainly delivered within mainstream schools. In particular, the chapter considers the proportion of children with special educational needs and variations in levels according to the background characteristics of the children in question.