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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Edukologija / Education (S007)
Author(s): Kugelmass, Judy W;Galkienė, Alvyra
Title: Democratic reform and the emergence of special needs education in Lithuania
Is part of: European journal of special needs education. , Vol. 18, no. 1 (2003)
Extent: p. 53-70
Date: 2003
Keywords: Inclusive education;Lithuanian education reform;Lithuanian special education;Historic treatment of individuals with disabilities;Post-Soviet education reform;Socio-cultural aspects of special needs education
Abstract: Lithuanian educators began working towards the transformation of their educational system in the late 1980s. The movement away from centralized control and an education based on Soviet ideology was central to the Democracy movement in this country and other former Soviet republics. This paper demonstrates the ways in which the movement towards a democratic system built on contemporary Lithuanian values, beliefs and culture has included concerns for the education of children with special needs. By tracing Lithuanian cultural and historic traditions related to the education and care of individuals with disabilities, before, during and after the Soviet period of Soviet occupation, the authors demonstrate the relationship between social-historic contexts and the development of inclusive schools, i.e. general education settings that serve all children. The current status of education for children with special needs is discussed. This discussion includes current legislation and professional preparation, as well as identifying barriers to democratic reform and the creation of an inclusive educational system
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Šiaulių universitetas
Švietimo akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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