1st Edition

European Perspectives on Inclusive Education in Canada Critical Comparative Insights

    332 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Featuring leading voices in the field from across Canada and Europe, this edited collection offers empirical analyses of the historical, social, cultural, and legislative determinants of inclusive education in Canadian schools.

    Covering four thematic areas including the structure, culture, and practices of inclusive education, the volume offers comparative insights from a European perspective, engaging critically with widely held views of Canada as a world leader in inclusive education. Providing rich comparisons with educational systems in Germany, Spain, and Finland, chapters explore in-depth the assessment structures and curricula specific to Canada, as well as educational policy, and explore attitudes and practices in relation to diverse student populations, including refugee and indigenous peoples, and students with special educational needs.

    This volume will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in multicultural education, international and comparative education, as well as educational policy more specifically. Those involved with inclusion and special educational needs will also benefit from this volume.

      1. Introduction: Inclusion in International "Dialogue"
      2. Theodore Michael Christou, Robert Kruschel, Ian Alexander Matheson, and Kerstin Merz-Atalik

        Part 1: Unpacking Inclusion

      3. Canada as a "Driving Force" for Inclusion Activists in European Countries?: Comparative Perspectives on Inclusive Education in Europe and Canada
      4. Kerstin Merz-Atalik

      5. Doing Belonging and Social Coherence: Discourses of Belonging in Canada and Their Influence on Social Cohesion
      6. Ayca Polat

      7. A "Swarm of Discourses": Inclusion in Canada
      8. Joachim Schroeder

      9. Inclusive Education in Canada: An Overview
      10. Jacqueline Specht and S. Anthony Thompson

        Part 2: Structures around Inclusive Education

      11. Current Trends in Inclusive and Special Education in Newfoundaland and Labrador, Canada, and Finland
      12. Markku Jahnukainen, Kimberly Maich, Sharon Penney, and Gabrielle Young

      13. Education for Young Refugees: Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion in Munich and Toronto
      14. Annette Korntheuer

      15. On the Dissappearance of Childhood: An Exploratory Interview Study of the Christian Homeschooling Millieu in Canada
      16. David Jahr and Robert Kruschel

      17. Structures That Inhibit and That Support Inclusive Education in Canada: A Response from a Canadian Scholar in Inclusive Education
      18. Steve Sider

        Part 3: Cultures around Inclusive Education

      19. Cultural Challenges for School and Social Participation in Canada's Indigenous Reserves: The Example of the Atikamekw Village Manawan in Québec
      20. Nastasia Herold

      21. Indigenous Cultural Inclusivity in Canadian Schools: Considerations and Imperatives
      22. Jenn de Lugt

      23. Reclaiming Disability: Of Mino-Pimatisowin, Belonging, and Gentle Teaching
      24. Margaret Kress

      25. Why Decolonization is so Important: A Comment to the Paper of Margaret Kress
      26. Ines Boban and Andreas Hinz

        Part 4: Practices of Inclusive Education

      27. Individual Reference Norm Orientation and Motivation: Perspectives from Germany, Finland, and Canada
      28. Britta Klopsch, Katharina Reschke, and Anne Sliwka

      29. Human Rights-Based Education - Inclusive and "Appropriate"?: Some Questions after Visits to Toronto and New Brunswick 
      30. Ines Boban and Andreas Hinz

      31. Curriculum Design in Inclusive Education: Comparison of Curricular Approaches to Diversity at School in Prince Edward Island (Canada), Finland, and South Tyrol
      32. Andreas Köpfer, Marcel Veber, and Anna Bollesen

      33. Advancing Inclusion in Education Systems: Insights from New Brunswick
      34. Cecilia Simón, Yolanda Muñoz-Martínez, and Gordon L. Porter

      35. Response from Canadian Scholar in Inclusive Education: What Can Comparative Views of Inclusive Practices Teach Us?
      36. Jeffrey MacCormack

      37. Conclusion: Inclusion in Canada: An Ongoing Effort

    Alexandra Minuk, Kerstin Merz-Atalik, Ian Alexander Matheson, Robert Kruschel, and Theodore Michael Christou


    Theodore Michael Christou is a Professor of Education and an Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Canada.

    Robert Kruschel is a University Teacher and Researcher in the Department of Special Education, University of Leipzig, Germany.

    Ian Alexander Matheson is an Assistant Professor of Special Education, Queen’s University, Canada.

    Kerstin Merz-Atalik is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany.