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Understanding and Developing Inclusive Practices in Schools

Grant reference: L139251001

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Making space in the standards agenda : developing inclusive practices in schools
In spite of the focus on inclusive education in recent years, there is a relative dearth of studies which explore the complexities of the move towards greater inclusion. This article seeks to redress this situation by reporting some interim findings from a three-year study of schools' attempts to develop more inclusive practices, involving teams of researchers from three higher education institutions working in partnership with twenty-five schools, in three local education authorities. The development took place within a national policy environment which focused heavily on the issue of 'standards' narrowly defined. This article reports the way that this context helped to form schools' responses to inclusion and the ambiguities in these responses. It argues, however, that the view of schools' actions as entirely determined by this external agenda is as erroneous as the image of them battling heroically against it in the name of inclusive values. Rather, to a greater or lesser extent, schools tried or were impelled to find spaces within the 'standards agenda' where different values and priorities could be realised. The article outlines some of the factors which made this process more or less likely to occur and offers an important new way of thinking about the development of inclusive education.
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Primary contributor

Author Alan Dyson

Additional contributors

Author Frances Gallannaugh
Author Alan J Millward

Keywords

Inclusion

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Educational Research, Conference
Lisbon
01 January 2002