The Disproportionate Representation of African Americans in Special Education

  title={The Disproportionate Representation of African Americans in Special Education},
  author={James Matthew. Patton},
  journal={The Journal of Special Education},
  pages={25 - 31}
  • J. Patton
  • Published 1 April 1998
  • Education
  • 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… 

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