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Contextualizing Inclusive Education : Evaluating Old and New International Paradigms - David Mitchell

Contextualizing Inclusive Education

Evaluating Old and New International Paradigms

By: David Mitchell (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9780415318808
Number Of Pages: 292

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Inclusive education is a complex and problematic concept that raises many questions. A team of prominent academics present fresh and critical perspectives on these issues, drawing upon their global resources and knowledge.
The over-arching theme of this book is that social, political, economic and cultural contexts play a central role in determining whether or not inclusive education is implemented in a range of regions and countries around the world. A series of original and provocative conclusions is presented, such as:


  • inclusive education means creating a single system of education, which serves all children

  • inclusive education is a site of conflicting paradigms of children with special needs, centering on a psycho-medical model and a socio-political model

  • while many countries seem committed to inclusive education in their rhetoric, legislation and policies, in practice this often falls short.

This major landmark resource is suitable for educational policy makers, researchers, teacher educators, students and international agencies with interests in education.

List of tablesp. ix
List of contributorsp. x
Prefacep. xiv
Introduction: sixteen propositions on the contexts of inclusive educationp. 1
The global context of inclusive education: the role of the United Nationsp. 22
Inclusive education in the globalization age: the promise of a comparative cultural-historical analysisp. 37
Philosophy, politics and economics? The story of inclusive education in Englandp. 63
Push and pull: forces that are shaping inclusion in the United States and Canadap. 89
Inclusive education in some Western European countries: different policy rhetorics and school realitiesp. 114
Education and the politics of recognition: inclusive education - an Australian snapshotp. 139
Diverse socio-cultural contexts for inclusive education in Asiap. 166
Inclusive education and equity in Latin Americap. 202
Inclusive education in South Africa: an emerging pedagogy of possibilityp. 230
Inclusive education in Middle Eastern cultures: the challenge of traditionp. 253
Future directionsp. 279
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780415318808
ISBN-10: 0415318807
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.0  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1