Learning Disabilities: The Social Construction of a Special Education Category

  title={Learning Disabilities: The Social Construction of a Special Education Category},
  author={Christine E. Sleeter},
  journal={Exceptional Children},
  pages={46 - 54}
  • C. Sleeter
  • Published 1 September 1986
  • Education
  • Exceptional Children
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