Informed by research undertaken on the reality of developing inclusive practices in schools, and years of practitioner experience in the field of education, Reconsidering Inclusion shows how staff’s social and emotional relationships can sustain and build inclusive practices. Providing engaging discussion of key findings and themes central to the practitioner, encouraging them to critically engage in developing inclusive practices in their schools, readers will find reflective questions about their practice and examples of key competing perspectives to enhance deeper understanding. Ekins presents authentic accounts and discussions of the reality of developing inclusive practices, as experienced and explained by teachers faced with the responsibility of enacting those practices. The book concludes with a discussion on achievable implications for practice both at a personal and professional level.
Reconsidering Inclusion is suitable for all those interested in inclusive practice and provides a much needed critical insight into inclusive practices in schools
Table of Contents
1. Introduction- exposing the critical issues and critical questions 2. Researching inclusive practices 3. What is inclusion? 4. The impact of policy directions and cultural interpretations on the concept of inclusion 5. Inclusive School Cultures 6. Leadership and teamwork 7. Relationships and professional identity 8. The emotional experience of developing inclusive practices 9. Lessons learnt, moving on.
Alison Ekins is Course Director for the National Award for SEN Coordination, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and also leads the development of SEN and inclusive practices within an Academy Trust. She has authored The Changing Face of Special Educational Needs, 2nd edition, published by Routledge in 2015.