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Inclusive Education for the 21st Century Theory, policy and practice

Edited By Linda Graham Copyright 2019
    432 Pages
    by Routledge

    432 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Placing a student on the autism spectrum in a busy classroom with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and an aide to deal with the inevitable meltdowns is often done in the name of 'inclusion', but this is integration and not inclusive. How can teachers and schools create genuinely inclusive classrooms that meet the needs of every student?

    Research evidence indicates the strategies that make schools inclusive for students with disability benefit all students. Yet many schools are still operating under twentieth-century models that disadvantage students, especially those with disability.

    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.

    With chapters from leading experts from Australia and the UK, Inclusive Education for the 21st Century addresses common issues in both primary and secondary schools. Underpinned throughout by research evidence, it is designed to assist educators to develop the deep knowledge required to make inclusive education a reality in all schools.

    Part I: Introduction and Fundamental Concepts

    1 Inclusive education in the 21st century

    Linda J. Graham

    2 Fundamental concepts of inclusive education

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

    3 Does inclusion work?

    Kate de Bruin

    Part II : Educators' Obligations under International and National Legislation and Policy

    4 Inclusive education as a human right

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

    5 Legislation, litigation and implications for inclusion

    Shiralee Poed

    6 What is the NCCD and what does it mean for my practice?

    Kate de Bruin, Linda J. Graham, Jeanine Gallagher

    Part III : Universal Evidence-based Strategies to Effectively Teach Diverse Learners in Supportive and Safe Inclusive Environments

    7 Using assessment data to support student learning

    Nerida Spina

    8 Universal approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

    Kathy Cologon, Carly Lassig

    9 Making adjustments to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

    Loren Swancutt, Marijne Medhurst, Shiralee Poed, Peter Walker

    Part IV : Developing Inclusive School Cultures through Inclusive and Ethical Practices

    10 Developing inclusive school cultures through ethical practices

    Jess Harris, Mel Ainscow, Suzanne Carrington, Megan Kimber

    11 Putting students at the centre

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

    12 Nurturing close student-teacher relationships

    Penny Van Bergen, Kevin McGrath, Daniel Quin

    13 Promoting student wellbeing and mental health through social and emotional learning

    Christine Grové, Stella Laletas

    14 Developing productive partnerships with parents and carers

    Glenys Mann, Nick Hodge, Katherine Runswick-Cole, Linda Gilmore, Sofia Mavropoulou, Katarzyna Fleming

    15 Collaborating with colleagues and other professionals

    Haley Tancredi, Gaenor Dixon, Libby English, Jeanine Gallagher

    16 Rethinking the use of teacher aides

    Rob Webster, Peter Blatchford


    Linda J. Graham is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology. She is the Chair of the Academic Advisory Panel for All Means All: Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education and has published widely on inclusive education.