The Disproportionate Representation of African Americans in Special Education

  title={The Disproportionate Representation of African Americans in Special Education},
  author={J. Patton},
  journal={The Journal of Special Education},
  pages={25 - 31}
  • J. Patton
  • Published 1998
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Special Education
  • The overrepresentation of African American children and youth in special education programs for students with learning disabilities, severe emotional or behavioral disabilities, and mental disabilities has remained a persistent reality even after more than 20 years of recognition. After reviewing these recurring patterns, a critical-theory mode of inquiry is used to discuss how certain basic assumptions, world-views, beliefs, and epistemologies used by some special education knowledge producers… CONTINUE READING
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