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Understanding and Developing Inclusive Practices in Schools

Grant reference: L139251001

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TLRP: Understanding and developing inclusive practices in schools: a collaborative action research network
The phrases ‘raising standards’ and ‘social inclusion’ dominate much of the British Government’s agenda for educational reform in England and Wales. However, many in the field argue that the two concepts, as currently defined, operate largely in opposition to one another. Indeed, whilst recent research suggests that there is considerable support amongst professionals, parents and students in England for moves towards a more inclusive education system, it is also felt by many that some current policies act as barriers to such developments. This paper arises from the work of one of the four national research networks set up as the first phase of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme, the largest ever research initiative in education in the United Kingdom. It provides an account of methodological lessons and emerging findings arising from the first year of the three-year programme of research carried out by the Network that is focusing on inclusive practices. More specifically, the members of this Network are working in partnership to define and evaluate practices that can help to improve outcomes for marginalised learners. In this way they are engaging with the tensions within English policies in order to generate theoretical understandings that will be of interest to wider academic and practioner communities that are concerned with notions of inclusion.
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Author M Ainscow

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