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Presents a sophisticated, multidisciplinary critique of special education that leaves virtually no intellectual stone unturned. This work look behind special education to its supposed intellectual foundations. It also examines the consequences of these models' influence for professional and popular thinking about learning difficulty.
Gary Thomas holds a chair in education at Oxford Brookes University. He has undertaken research for a number of organizations including the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, Barnardos and the Department for Education and Employment. His book The Making of the Inclusive School won the The Times Educational Supplement/National Association for Special Educational Needs book of the year award in 1998. Andrew Loxley is a lecturer in education at the University of Leeds, having previously worked at the Open University as a research fellow. Prior to undertaking his PhD in quasi-markets and special education, he worked as a teacher in a residential school for children with behaviour problems.