Joy Rogers



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Special Education for young children has been changing for years. These changes have included more progressive education in a global sense, that involves a focus on the child over a focus on their disability. These progressive changes have not only changed Special Education in The United States but also in western Europe. During a study abroad experience in Angers, France in the summer of 2019, research was conducted on how the Special Education System in The United States differs from the Special Education System in France. The goal of this project is to educate university peers, staff and officials about progressive education in a global sense and its importance. This project focuses on the similarities and differences between the two systems. Through the use of interviews of relevant individuals, based on their experiences and expertise, as well as personal experiences and research while studying abroad, it has been discovered that more progressive instructional practices have been implemented in The United States.

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Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Laura Cotten

Primary Advisor's Department

Teacher Education


Stander Symposium project, School of Education and Health Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education; Reduced Inequalities

Special Education in France and The United States of America: A Comparison and Contrast