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A Class by Themselves? : The Origins of Special Education in Toronto and Beyond / Jason Ellis.

Author/Creator:
Ellis, Jason author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Special education -- History.
Special education -- Ontario -- Toronto -- History.
Local subjects:
children. (search)
disability. (search)
eugenics. (search)
policy. (search)
psychology. (search)
reform. (search)
schooling. (search)
special education. (search)
youth. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In A Class by Themselves?, Jason Ellis provides an erudite and balanced history of special needs education, an early twentieth century educational innovation that continues to polarize school communities across Canada, the United States, and beyond. Ellis situates the evolution of this educational innovation in its proper historical context to explore the rise of intelligence testing, the decline of child labour and rise of vocational guidance, emerging trends in mental hygiene and child psychology, and the implementation of a new progressive curriculum. At the core of this study are the students. This book is the first to draw deeply on rich archival sources, including 1000 pupil records of young people with learning difficulties, who attended public schools between 1918 and 1945. Ellis uses these records to retell individual stories that illuminate how disability filtered down through the school system's many nooks and crannies to mark disabled students as different from (and often inferior to) other school children. A Class by Themselves? sheds new light on these and other issues by bringing special education's curious past to bear on its constantly contested present.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Illustrations and Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Eugenics Goes to School and Other Strange Legacies: Auxiliary Education's Origins
2. "Inequalities of Children in Original Endowment": IQ Testing Transforms Auxiliary Education, 1919-1930
3. Avoiding "Blunders and Stupid Mistakes": Auxiliary Education for Adolescents, 1923-1935
4. "A Mental Equality Where Physical Equality Has Been Denied": Sight-Saving, Speech and Hearing, and Orthopaedic Classes, 1920-1945
5. The "Remarkable Case of Mabel Helen": Special-Subject Disabilities and Auxiliary Education, 1930-1945
6. Changing Ideas in a Changing Environment: The Impact of Personality Adjustment and Child Guidance
Conclusion
Appendix A: Pupil Record Cards
Appendix B: Auxiliary Program Enrolments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 30. Apr 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781442624603
OCLC:
1083120400
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442624603 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.