1st Edition

The Inclusion Dialogue Debating Issues, Challenges and Tensions with Global Experts

Edited By Joanne Banks Copyright 2023
    202 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Inclusion Dialogue: Debating Issues, Challenges and Tensions with Global Experts brings together a series of global expert views on inclusive education, revealing the evolving tensions in this research area and highlighting future directions.

    Based on fascinating and unique conversations with leading academic experts across the globe, Joanne Banks uses in-depth interviews to examine current debates in special and inclusive education and provides a clear overview of the key tensions which impact policy and practice across different national contexts. Her book also highlights how inclusive education policies do not always translate into inclusive practices in our schools. The dialogue presented in this accessible text provides readers with insights into our conceptual understanding of inclusion within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

    Through these informal discussions, this book is ideal for academics and researchers working in the area of inclusive and special education, for educators wishing to create more inclusive environments for their students, and for policy-makers seeking to understand what inclusive education looks like on the ground.

    1. Making sense of inclusion and equity in education: a personal journey Mel Ainscow  2. Challenges and dilemmas in inclusive education: what we can learn from children Julie Allan  3. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: A Roadmap for Achieving an Inclusive Education System Kate De Bruin  4. Facing the ambivalence of special measures in inclusive schools Heidrun Demo  5. Learning capacity is not fixed, it’s open-ended Lani Florian  6. Shifting the Inclusion agenda away from a politico-historical adherence to deficit model practices: Potential of Universal Design for Learning Frederic Fovet  7. Influences and evidence regarding inclusion Gary Hornby  8. Inclusion Naturally! Jayanthi Narayan  9. Inclusive education trends and practices: recognising and addressing issues positively and realistically Brahm Norwich  10. Children’s rights and school inclusion in Scotland: tensions and challenges Sheila Riddell  11. Inclusive education; Imposition or a process of shared international learning? Richard Rose  12. Everybody belongs, and they belong in their local school Michael Shevlin  13. Listening to the voices of experts: global tensions in inclusive education Joanne Banks


    Joanne Banks is a lecturer and researcher in inclusive education at the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin and is creator/presenter of the Inclusion Dialogue podcast series.

    "School is the manufactory of humanity. School is where the future of our children starts. There is still much diversity in how we understand and implement inclusive education around the world. Instead of whether we should include students with disabilities we must move to how this can be done. For this we need good practices and policies but also discussion with academics, policy makers, advocacy groups, educators, parents and the learners themselves. This book is a welcome addition to these discussions."

    Jyrki Pinomaa, 
    President, Inclusion Europe

    "We are in the midst of a turning point of mankind where transformation of education is at the core of a renewed social contract for education. This inspiring book sheds light on how inclusive education can be a strong driver for in-depth change in education systems worldwide. It captures wisely the complexities, dilemmas and nuances around inclusive education, and clearly stands for UNESCO broader understanding of inclusion as respecting every learner as unique and special"

    Mag. Renato Opertti, Senior Expert at the International Bureau of Education (UNESCO-IBE)