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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 16

Conductive education

Contrasting perspectives

Mike Oliver and Virginia Beardshaw, with an introduction by Will Swann

Sources: Oliver, M. (1989) ‘Conductive education: if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny’, Disability, Handicap and Society 4(2), pp. 197–200.Beardshaw, V. (1989) ‘Conductive education: a rejoinder’, Disability, Handicap and Society 4(3), pp. 297–9.

Conductive education is an approach to the teaching of children and adults with physical disabilities. It has generated a great deal of controversy in the UK in recent years. Some of this controversy is reflected in this chapter. After a brief introduction to the approach by Will Swann, Mike Oliver, who is himself disabled, attacks conductive education as deeply oppressive. ...

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