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From SEN to Sen: could the ‘capabilities’ approach transform the educational opportunities of disabled children?

Neil Crowther

in Education, disability and social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847423375
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302186 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423375.003.0003
From SEN to Sen: could the ‘capabilities’ approach transform the educational opportunities of disabled children?

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This chapter presents an argument which states that the capabilities approach, which was advanced by Amartya Sen, offers a fruitful practical and political way in making the human right to education a reality. It includes a discussion of an inclusive notion of inclusion, and discusses the UK's wish to be ratified with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The chapter also looks at the dominance of ‘special educational needs’ and employing a ‘capabilities approach’ to promote the human rights of disabled children, among others.

Keywords: capabilities approach; Amartya Sen; ratification; Persons with Disabilities; special educational needs; disabled children; human rights

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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