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Struggles for Inclusive Education

An Ethnographic Study. Disability, Human Rights & Society

By (author) Anastasia Vlachou
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 1997
Dimensions: w 154mm h 229mm
Weight: 330g
ISBN-10: 0335197639
ISBN-13: 9780335197637
Barcode No: 9780335197637
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"This is a lucid, authoritative and original study of teachers' views and attitudes towards the integration into mainstream schooling of a particular group of children defined as having special educational needs. It offers one of the clearest and most comprehensive analyses of the socio-political mechanisms by which the 'special' are socially constructed and excluded from the normal education system that have so far been produced." - Sally Tomlinson, Professor of Education Policy at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. In its detailed analysis of primary school teachers' and pupils' attitudes towards integration, this book locates the question of inclusive education within the wider educational context. The wealth of original interview material sheds new light on the reality of everyday life in an educational setting, and shows us the nature and intensity of the struggles experienced by both teachers and pupils in their efforts to promote more inclusive school practices. The author's sensitive investigation of the relationship between teachers' contradictory views of the 'special' and their integration, and the wider social structures in which teachers work, adds to our understanding of the inevitable difficulties in promoting inclusive educational practices within a system which functions via exclusive mechanisms. The book will be of interest to students of education, sociology and disability as well as teachers and policy-makers involved in inclusive education. The original methodologies adopted when working with the children will also appeal to students of attitudinal, disability and educational research.

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"In a text which would be just as useful for undergraduates as well as graduates and practitioners, Anastasia Vlachou, through her ethnographic study, is able to communicate clearly and effectively the difficulties of teaching inclusively, and also the absolute need for inclusive education." - International Journal of Inclusive Education "This is a lucid, authoritative and original study of teachers' views and attitudes towards the integration into mainstream schooling of a particular group of children defined as having special educational needs. It offers one of the clearest andmost comprehensive analyses of the socio-political mechanisms by which the 'special' are socially constructed and excluded from the normal education system that have so far been produced." - Sally Tomlinson, Professor of Education Policy at Goldsmiths' College, University of London.