A Practical Guide to Supporting Diversity in the Classroom
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Inclusive education continues to be an exciting but challenging component of the everyday life of the classroom teacher. Whist there is no recipe for successful inclusion, meaningful inclusion involves engaging in a flexible process in which educators work in partnership with parents, students, and other professionals in order to meet the needs of all children.
Drawing from conceptual principles and empirical findings, this fully revised edition of Inclusive Education demonstrates how to empower teachers and leaders and foster professional practices that create a successful inclusive school community. Presenting a hands-on process that addresses evidence, partnerships, curriculum and instruction, this book strikes the right balance between theory and practice. The authors provide educational leaders and school reformers with tools for collaborating and doing the work of improving inclusive practices for equity and student learning.
Including links to web resources that include a huge range of planning templates and assessment tools, as well as procedures to create school-based leadership teams to drive and sustain discussions and decision-making, this extensive text and collection of tools is invaluable for students, school leaders and teachers who are serious about ensuring success for all students.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Who are our children with diverse learning needs? 3. Attitudes and inclusion 4. Psychological and teacher-based assessment 5. Partnerships and collaboration 6. How to develop and manage an individual program 7. Inclusive instructional approaches 8. Collaborative instructional models 9. Organising the inclusive classroom 10. Promoting positive behaviour 11. Promoting social competence 12. Reflective teaching and action research
Tim Loreman is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Concordia University College of Alberta, Canada, and formerly taught at Monash University, Australia.
Joanne Deppeler is Senior Lecturer in Special Education in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.
David Harvey is Director of the Krongold Centre in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.