What does inclusion really mean, and what impact have inclusive approaches to education had on practice?
Bringing together issues of theory, research, policy, and practice from both the countries of the South and the North, this ground-breaking book provides a critical discussion of recent developments in the field of inclusive education.
The authors consider developments, both in current thinking about the meaning of inclusion and in terms of policies and practices, in the context of education systems across the world and their differences and inter-relatedness. Issues discussed include the increasing pressure on educators to develop a global policy agenda for inclusive education, the individual needs of children, the illusion of inclusivity and the importance of local contexts in determining policy. The book's international perspective illuminates common successes, failures, and concerns.
With case studies from Europe, the Caribbean, and Australasia, the book also features chapter summaries, questions to facilitate critical thinking and discussion, and suggestions for further reading.
An essential read for anyone studying inclusive education, special educational needs, disability studies, social policy, and international and comparative education, this book will ignite debate and enable the reader to develop a deeper understanding of the issues.