Journal of Special Education
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Developing countries, India, special education, disproportionate representation, minority groups, disabilities
In contrast to the phenomenon of minority overrepresentation in special education in developed countries such as the United States, a paradoxical situation occurs in many developing countries, whereby majority populations are underrepresented in the educational system. The author examines some of the prevailing and traditional societal and political-economic factors specific to India that contribute to this underrepresentation, such as a paucity of resources that affects children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, gender differences in child rearing and educational expectations that affect girls, and negative attitudes toward disability.
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Kalyanpur, Maya PhD, "The Paradox of Majority Underrepresentation in Special Education in India: Constructions of Difference in a Developing Country" (2008). School of Leadership and Education Sciences: Faculty Scholarship. 11.