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The Irregular School
Exclusion, Schooling and Inclusive Education

ISBN 9780415479905
Published January 25, 2011 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Should disabled students be in regular classrooms all of the time or some of the time? Is the regular school or the special school or both the solution for educating students with a wide range of differences?

Inclusive education has been incorporated in government education policy around the world. Key international organisations such as UNESCO and OECD declare their commitment to Education for All and the principles and practice of inclusive education. There is no doubt that despite this respectability inclusive education is hotly contested and generates intense debate amongst teachers, parents, researchers and policy-makers. People continue to argue over the nature and extent of inclusion.

The Irregular School explores the foundations of the current controversies and argues that continuing to think in terms of the regular school or the special school obstructs progress towards inclusive education. The book contends that we need to build a better understanding of exclusion, of the foundations of the division between special and regular education, and of school reform as a precondition for more inclusive schooling in the future. Schooling ought to be an apprenticeship in democracy and inclusion is a prerequisite of a democratic education.

The Irregular School builds on existing research and literature to argue for a comprehensive understanding of exclusion, a more innovative and aggressive conception of inclusive education and a genuine commitment to school reform that steps aside from the troubled and troubling notions of regular schools and special schools. It will be of interest to all those working and researching in the field of inclusive education.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tony Knight  Acknowledgments  Chapter 1. Approaching Accents  Chapter 2. The Worlds We Live In  Chapter 3. Unravelling Collective Indifference  Chapter 4. Building A Theory Of Inclusive Education  Chapter 5. It’s What Governments Do – Policy Inaction  Chapter 6. From Segregation To Integration To Inclusion And Back Chapter 7. Building Authority, Dividing Populations And Getting Away With It (Exposing a system of rationality)  Chapter 8. Considering Other Possibilities – The Irregular School

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Roger Slee is Professor of Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.


"This is a valuable work which I believe makes a major and significant contribution to the dialogue on exclusion and inclusion." - NASEN Journal, 2011