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Improving Schools, Developing Inclusion

1st Edition

By Mel Ainscow, Tony Booth, Alan Dyson


232 pages

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While many books explore the possibilities for developing inclusive practices in schools, and ‘inclusion’ is widely regarded as a desirable goal, much of the literature on the subject has been narrowly concerned with the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs. This book however, takes the view that marginalisation, exclusion and underachievement take many forms and affect many different kinds of child. As such, a definition of inclusion should also touch upon issues of equity, participation, community, entitlement, compassion, respect for diversity and sustainability.

Here the highly regarded authors focus on:

  • barriers to participation and learning experienced by pupils
  • the practices that can overcome these barriers
  • the extent to which such practices facilitate improved learning outcomes
  • how such practices can be encouraged and sustained within schools and LEAs.

The book is part of the Improving Learning series, published in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Research Project.

Table of Contents

Part 1: What is the Issue? 1. Improving Schools, Developing Inclusion? 2. Inclusive Development and the Policy Context 3. Establishing the Research Network Part 2: What Does Research Tell Us? 4. Manoeuvring Space for Inclusion 5. Winding Up to Inclusion 6. Creating Interruptions Part 3: What are the Overall Implications? 7. Making School Improvement Inclusive 8. Towards an Inclusive Education System

About the Series

Improving Learning

The Improving Learning series showcases findings from projects within ESRC’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) – the UK’s largest ever coordinated educational research initiative. Each book is explicitly designed to support ‘evidence-informed’ decisions in educational practice and policy-making. In particular, they combine rigorous social and educational science with high awareness of the significance of the issues being researched.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Classroom Management