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Gives vivid descriptions which bring alive the dilemmas of professional practice
Shows how stories can generate insights in a different way from other research
Provides worked examples of successful and unsuccessful inclusion strategies
Readable, accessible to the general reader, but intellectually serious
Links special educational needs to broader educational issues but is practical
This book consists of a number of case studies about interventions in schools to promote the inclusion of pupils referred to a local authority Educational Psychology Service (EPS) in the north of England. The aim is to provide accounts which do not shirk from describing ‘failures’ as well as ‘successes’ and which reflect the general ‘messiness’ of this kind of work. They are written as ‘stories’ from the point of view of an educational psychologist who regards himself as a critical reflective practitioner whose professional practice is grounded in a democratic, inclusive philosophy. The methodology of the book draws on the qualitative research tradition in social science and education, in particular ethnography and action research, and makes a unique contribution to the role of ‘storying’ in this kind of research. The author feels that his approach represents a challenge to conventional constraints on research in his own profession which prevent the development of a more open dialogue about the role and purpose of psychological interventions to promote inclusion. The worked examples of practical strategies in mainstream provide insights which should be of interest to all support professionals, teachers, educationalists and others concerned with inclusion of pupils described as having ‘special educational needs’.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Autoethnography - Inclusion - Interventions - Learning - Psychology - Social Science - Standards - development - education
CHAPTER 1 Introduction,- SECTION A STORM, STRESS AND STANDARDS,- CHAPTER 2 From classroom to 'Colditz' via a Learning Support Unit,- CHAPTER 3 A girl who ' squeezed in and out of everywhere',- CHAPTER 4 'Giving up on them': a tale of despair,- SECTION B AGAINST THE TREND IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS,- CHAPTER 5 'Off the differentiation map': why did inclusion fail?,- CHAPTER 6 Constructing a ‘disordered’ identity in a ‘child-centred’ school,- CHAPTER 7 Action research, learning and football culture: a successful intervention?,- CHAPTER 8 On the social meaning of throwing a 'wobbly' and the question of survival in a primary classroom,- SECTION C PARENTS AT THE EXTREMITIES,- CHAPTER 9 'We might be losing him',- CHAPTER 10 'That’s our boy down to a ‘T’',- CONCLUSION,- CHAPTER 11 Promoting inclusion via the creation of democratic learning communities.