2nd Edition

Inclusive Education for the 21st Century Theory, Policy and Practice

Edited By Linda Graham Copyright 2024
    418 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    418 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Thoroughly revised throughout, this bestselling book returns in a new edition to take an even more comprehensive look at the question: How can teachers and schools create genuinely inclusive classrooms that meet the needs of every student? Inclusive Education for the 21st Century provides a rigorous overview of the foundational principles of inclusive education and the barriers to access and participation.

    It explores evidence-based strategies to support diverse learners, including specific changes in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices, and the use of data. It addresses the needs of children with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, as well as those with complex learning profiles, including mental health issues. This second edition is rich with new content, including eleven new chapters which address learning from international experience, multi-tiered systems of support, leading inclusive education reform, the importance of language and supporting friendships. A new section has been added to provide explicit support for implementing systemic inclusive education reform from the policy level right through to classroom practice. A new series of podcasts, featuring interviews with expert chapter authors, offers an engaging complement to the chapter topics and content.

    With many schools still operating under twentieth-century models that disadvantage students, this book presents the deep knowledge, tools and strategies to better equip pre- and in-service teachers and leaders to make inclusive education a reality in all schools.

    Part 1: Foundations of Inclusion

    1. Inclusive education: Three (and a bit) Years On

    Linda J. Graham

    2. What is Inclusion… And What is it Not?

    Linda J. Graham

    3. Inclusive education as a human right

    Cátia Malaquias, Juliet Davis, Jenna Gillett-Swan and Linda J. Graham

    4. Fundamental concepts of inclusive education

    Linda J. Graham, Marijne Medhurst, Haley Tancredi, Ilektra Spandagou and Elizabeth Walton

    5. The legal foundations of inclusion

    Elizabeth Dickson

    6. Inclusive Education: A Review of the Evidence 

    Kate de Bruin

    Part 2: Implementing Systemic Inclusive Education Reform

    7. Learning from international experience

    Suzanne Carrington, Sofia Mavropoulou, Beth Saggers, Glenys Mann, Carly Lassig and Lara Maia-Pike

    8. Leading inclusive education reform

    Linda J. Graham, Callula Killingly, Haley Tancredi and Terri Bourke

    9. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: What are they, where did they come from, and what are the lessons for Australian Schools?

    Kate de Bruin, Callula Killingly and Linda J. Graham

    10. The critical importance of language

    Jennifer Alford and Haley Tancredi

    11. Accessible Pedagogies

    Linda J. Graham & Haley Tancredi

    12. Including students with complex learning profiles in grade-level curriculum

    Loren Swancutt

    Part 3: Developing an Inclusive School Culture

    13. Putting all students at the centre

    Jenna Gillett-Swan, Haley Tancredi and Linda J. Graham

    14. What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and why is it important?

    Melissa Close, Callula Killingly, Amy Gaumer-Erickson and Patricia Noonan

    15. Supporting a sense of belonging and peer relationships

    Beth Saggers, Marilyn Campbell and Glenys Mann

    16. Nurturing close student–teacher relationships

    Penny Van Bergen, Kevin F. McGrath, Daniel Quin and Emma Burns

    17. Parents and teachers working together

    Glenys Mann, Katarzyna Fleming, Jacqueline Specht and Francis Bobongie-Harris

    18. Collaborating with colleagues and other professionals

    Haley Tancredi, Gaenor Dixon, Libby English and Jeanine Gallagher

    19. Rethinking the use of teacher aides

    Rob Webster and Peter Blatchford


    Linda J. Graham is Professor and Director of The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She leads several externally funded research projects specialising in the inclusion and exclusion of students who experience difficulties in school and with learning.