The movement towards inclusive education is undoubtedly an international phenomenon, and it has resulted in the development of policy initiatives impacting on schools in all nations.
This informative, wide-ranging text brings together key illustrative material from an international field. It adopts a critical perspective on policy issues, but goes beyond this by making explicit the assumptions that drive policy development. Readers will be encouraged to develop their own framework, allowing them to conduct policy analysis and evaluation within their own educational context.
Students and researchers interested in how principles of inclusive education are being translated into educational practices around the world will find this book an enlightening read.
1. Introduction: A world of change Part 1: The struggle for an inclusive agenda: National perspectives 2. Excluding the Included: A reconsideration of inclusive education 3. Inclusion in Norway: A study of ideology in practice 4. School Choice and the pressure to perform: Déjà vu for children with disabilities? 5. From special needs' to 'Quality Education for All': A participatory, problem-centred approach to policy development in South Africa Part 2: The struggle for an inclusive agenda: local perspectives 6. In the name of inclusion: 'We all, at the end of the day, have the needs of the children at heart' 7. Professionals and special educational needs policy frameworks in England and Scotland 8. Comparison of a traditional and an inclusive secondary school culture 9. Exclusions from school: Different voices 10. Inclusion, exclusion and children's rights: A case study of a student with Asperger syndrome Part 3: Alternative systems and policies 11. Special needs education as the way to equity: An alternative approach? 12. Early Interventions: Preventing school exclusions in the primary setting 13. Inclusive education in accelerated and professional development schools: A case-based study of two school reform efforts in the USA 14. Building based change: One school's journey toward full inclusion Part 4. Challenging perspectives 15. 'Valuing Diversity': A cliche for the 21st century? 16. Migrant worker children: Conceptions of homelessness and implications for education 17. 'What are we doing this for?' Dealing with lesbian and gay issues in teacher education 18. The creation of learner identities as part of social inclusion: Gender, ethnicity and social space