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This book represents an original and innovative series of insights, ideas and questions concerning inclusive education and cross-cultural understandings. Drawing on historical and cultural material, policy developments, legislation and research findings, the book provides a critical exploration of key factors including inclusive education, human rights, change, diversity and special educational needs. The contributors focus closely on how these factors are defined and experienced within particular societies. Contradictions, ambiguities, complexities and differences within and between societies are identified and discussed. Each contributor offers insight into their own developments and struggles in the pursuit of inclusive thinking, values and practices.
Overall, this book enriches our existing knowledge and understanding of concerning this fundamentally important topic, and provides a stimulus for further work of a conceptual, theoretical and empirical nature. It is essential reading for policy makers, students, teachers and researchers.
Contents – Acknowledgements – Contributors – Foreword - Introduction.
Policy, experience and change and the challenge of Inclusive Education: the case of England: Felicity Armstrong and Len Barton.-
Inclusive Education in Spain: a view from inside; Angeles Parrilla.-
The integration of ‘disabled’ children in ordinary schools in France: a new challenge; Eric Plaisance.-
‘Made in Italy’: integrazione scolastica and the new vision of inclusive education; Simona D’Alessio.-
The rhetoric of Inclusive Education in Libya: are children’s rights in crisis?; Abdelbasit Gadour.-
The lethargy of a nation: Inclusive Education in India and developing systemic strategies of change; Mithu Alur.-
Inclusive Education in Trinidad and Tobago: Jennifer Lavia; Disability and Inclusive Education in Zimbabwe: Robert Chimedza.-
Towards Inclusive Education in Canada; Vianne Timmons.-
Educating the other: a journey in Cyprus time and space; Helen Phtiaka.-
To be or not to be included – that is the question: disabled students in third level education; Tina Lowe and Patrick McDonnell.-
It’s a fit-up! Inclusive Education, Higher Education, policy and the discordant Voice; Roger Slee.-