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PhD: The Case of the Disappearing/Appearing Slow Learner

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This is a must read PhD thesis for anyone with an interest in children and young people with the label of special educational needs. Written by a Canadian teacher,  John Williamson, the thesis is presented in the style of a Raymond Chandler detective novel. It is a captivating and often amusing read that asks challenging questions about how we marginalise, exclude and sometimes lose pupils through artificial categorisations that serve the needs of the system rather than the children positioned within them .


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We came across this content through a post via Professor Nick Hodge of the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Use the comments to let us know what you think about a thesis in the style of a detective novel.


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