chapter  1
A lifespan approach to learning in the context of quality of life
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The education of children with Down syndrome needs to be re-examined in the context of changing philosophies, research, and practice. This re-examination includes the relevance of quality of life to education, community, and home living, how concepts and principles of quality of life can be put together to promote and influence the lives of people with Down syndrome in education and society, and how family quality of life is involved and can influence education and development. The relationship of the concepts and principles to professional behaviour of educational personnel is considered and finally linked to the ways in which quality of life research can contribute to the education and overall development of children with Down syndrome.