Literature reviews 2019

Authors: Daniel Sperling, Shunit Reiter and Liat Josefsberg Ben-Yehoshua

Chief Editor: Liat Josefsberg Ben-Yehoshua

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The research review describes and discusses policies on inclusion of students with special educational needs in ten states and countries: England, Sweden, the US (California, New York and Oregon), Spain, Portugal, Germany, Canada (Ontario) and Australia. The comparative policy analysis elaborates on the criteria and categories concerning the disabilities and impairments associated with these students, the procedure for establishing the entitlement for special education support and the various factors and parties which participate in it. The review discusses and concludes with some observations deriving from the comparative analysis. These have to do with such criteria and processes as well as with the role and place of children with special educational needs and their parents in the procedure, teachers’ responsibilities, issues of teacher education and effectiveness of inclusion policies, control and finance mechanism, the social context of inclusion policies and the ability to learn and make analogies from different educational sectors in this context.