Title: Targeting resources to students with special educational needs: National differences in policy and practice
Authors: DELUCA MarcellaSTILLINGS Cara
Citation: European Education Research Journal vol. 7 no. 3 p. 371-385
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC47131
ISSN: 1474-9041
URI: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/rss/abstract.asp?j=eerj&aid=3354
DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2008.7.3.371
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Multiple policy strategies exist to promote equity and inclusion in education and training systems. Across countries, the provision of additional resources to students with special education needs is a common strategy; previous research indicates that providing extra resources to student with special educational needs can help those students make progress in schools. The purpose of this article is three-fold: first, it will discuss the OECD tri-partite categorisation system for describing how different countries serve and differentiate between students with diverse special needs. The authors rely upon the OECD's work in an attempt to characterise the international special needs student population and to synthesise some of the progress that has been made toward understanding what education for students with disabilities, learning difficulties, and disadvantages looks like. Next, this article presents new lenses for viewing policies that target additional resources to disadvantaged youth. The authors intend for the lenses proposed to facilitate more fruitful international comparisons. Finally, this article will discuss the challenges inherent to making such comparisons and will conclude with suggestions for addressing those challenges.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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