1st Edition

Liberal Perspectives on Inclusion Enlightenment Values and Debates on Equity and Democracy in the Classroom

By Joseph Mintz Copyright 2025
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    Providing a theoretical underpinning for the idea of inclusion within education, this book recognises the fundamental role political values play in our understanding of inclusion in the classroom, providing a philosophical lens on the inherent tensions that exist within sociological perspectives on social justice, equity and diversity.

    Chapters address value tensions from the perspective of classical liberalism and the extent to which this can be reconciled with values pluralism and Berlin’s notions of negative and positive liberty. The book argues for a re-framing of inclusion as a process of negotiation between teachers, parents, children and young people which involves a recognition of the complex trade-offs involved in working with difference in the classroom. These tensions are explored through a series of case studies of real-world dilemmas in the classroom, ultimately serving to highlight the ways in which varying political value positions, including liberalism, are inescapably embedded within the practice in education.

    Considering topics such as decolonisation of the curriculum freedom of speech and social justice, this seminal volume will be highly relevant for researchers, scholars and postgraduate students in the fields of inclusive education, special educational needs, philosophy of education, social justice and education and critical theory.


    Chapter 1 What is wrong with inclusion today

    Chapter 2 Value Pluralism and Liberalism

    Chapter 3 Knowledge and Liberal Perspectives on Inclusion

    Chapter 4 Implications for Education and Inclusion in the classroom

    Chapter 5 Wider aspects of Education and Inclusion

    Chapter 6 Inclusion and Higher Education

    Chapter 7 Conclusions


    Joseph Mintz is Associate Professor in Education, UCL Institute of Education, UK.