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The Differential Diagnosis of Special Education: Managing Social Pathology as Individual Disability

In this chapter, I conceptualise and explain the role of special education as one sorting process for regular education and society. I analyse the effects of medical and psychological models and management practices stemming from such models in special education: particularly on the professionalisation and curricular content of the field, and on the relationship of these models and management practices to special education's role as a sorting agency for regular education and society. In this analysis I also take account of my own experiences as a teacher and diagnostician of children considered to have 'learning problems'.