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Inclusion: The Dynamic of School Development

The Dynamic of School Development



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Inclusion: The Dynamic of School Development by David Skidmore
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"Inclusion" has become a buzzword in educational discussion; it has been adopted as a policy goal in many countries. To date much of the debate, however, has amounted to little more than the trading of abstract ideological positions, which has little connection with the reality of life in schools. This volume seeks to bridge the gap between theoretical discussions and the real attitudes and experiences of teachers and parents. It presents case studies of inclusion initiatives in English secondary schools, illustrating the complex nature of the school development process. It describes the range of attitudes among teachers towards inclusion, and challenges the idea that there needs to be consensus among school staff for inclusion to work. It also describes the experiences of parents in the struggle for inclusion, their frustrations and triumphs. It concludes with a call for an alternative approach towards building an inclusive society that is driven from below.

Author Biography

Dr David Skidmore is a lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. A former English teacher, he is the co-author of New Directions in Special Needs (1997) and Innovatory Practice in Mainstream Schools for Special Educational Needs (1995), and has published many articles on education. He administers an international email discussion list on inclusive education and leads a course on Developing Inclusive Schools in the MA in Education at the University of Bath.
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May 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Open University Press
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