Glossary Term

Special education

Designed to facilitate the learning of individuals who, for a wide variety of reasons, require additional support and/or adaptive pedagogical methods in order to participate and meet learning objectives in an educational program. Learners in special education may follow the same or an adapted curriculum, and their individual needs are supported by targeted teaching strategies and/or specific resources, such as specially trained personnel, specialized equipment, or learning spaces. These programs are provided for individual learners within existing educational programs or as separate classes within the same or separate education institutions. Traditionally, the vision of ‘Special Education’ differs from an inclusive education system, since it relies on segregation or integration, instead of inclusion.

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