Inclusive Education: Cross Cultural Perspectives

Inclusion, Participation and Democracy: What is the Purpose?

Editors: Allan, J. (Ed.)

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The question of inclusive education is one which many societies are attempting to address. It is a fundamentally serious and complex issue raising challenges that cover conceptual, organizational, pedagogical, curricular and socio-economic concerns and questions. In this edited collection of papers the reader is confronted with these challenges through, on the one hand, a critical informative analysis of some of the key existing ideas and, on the other, a series of alternative insights and questions requiring further exploration and debate. Adding to the overall qu- ity of the book is the much needed cross-cultural dimension in terms of insights, knowledge, understanding and difficult questions. This is an important book in which new research and interpretations are reported on and discussed. Overall, the papers provide a serious critique of such factors as: the limitations of existing definitions of inclusive education; the narrowness of the focus within which inclusive issues are too often presented; the negative impacts of marketisation, performativity and the standards agenda on the realisation of inclusive values and practice and the constraints of significant socio-economic inequalities and disadvantages within and between communities and schools. These raise serious questions concerning the extent to which schools can make a positive difference in the lives of many pupils.

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"The agenda for inclusion, theoretically, goes beyond the integration of disabled pupils in order to promote inclusion for all; nevertheless it is on disability that most researchers, practitioners and policy makers focus on. … the book derives from an International Colloquium on inclusion, this was held in Scotland, at the University of Stirling in 2001. … would be a valuable addition to the library of anyone involved in education, from trainee teachers to academics in the field." (Alessandra Iantaffi, Teachers and Teaching, Vol. 10 (6), 2004)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Allan, Julie

    Pages 1-8

  • Including Ourselves: Teaching, Trust, Identity and Community

    Ballard, Keith

    Pages 11-32

  • ‘They Believe that They Participate ... but’: Democracy and Inclusion in Norwegian Schools

    Strømstad, Marit

    Pages 33-47

  • Participation and Democracy: What’s Inclusion Got to do with it?

    Cummings, Colleen (et al.)

    Pages 49-65

  • Why does Education for all Have to be Inclusive Education?

    Nes, Kari

    Pages 67-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inclusion, Participation and Democracy: What is the Purpose?
Editors
  • J. Allan
Series Title
Inclusive Education: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-48078-2
DOI
10.1007/0-306-48078-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1264-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1265-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 233
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