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Capability-Promoting PoliciesEnhancing Individual and Social Development$
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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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Education for all? Providing capabilities for young people with special needs

Education for all? Providing capabilities for young people with special needs

(p.259) Fourteen Education for all? Providing capabilities for young people with special needs
Capability-Promoting Policies

Christian Christrup Kjeldsen

Policy Press

This chapter considers youth education for all in Denmark, asking whether freedoms exist only on paper or are achievable in context. In particular, it explores the actualities and change for young people with special education needs (SEN) and other young people on the edge of the society in terms of capabilities, formal rights and disadvantage in relation to policy and relates these to macro-level changes in public discourse and development for young people. The chapter analyses a policy from Denmark that entitles all young people to upper secondary education regardless of their SEN or disability. It looks at the opportunities offered by the capability-promoting policy to young people with different special needs and argues that such opportunities are compromised as various positions struggle over the doxa regarding the interpretation of the policy.

Keywords:   youth education, Denmark, young people, special education needs, public discourse, upper secondary education, capability-promoting policy

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