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Inclusive education reform in Queensland: Implications for policy and practice

Bourke, Patricia E. (2010) Inclusive education reform in Queensland: Implications for policy and practice. The International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14(2), pp. 183-193.

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Abstract

In Queensland, Australia, the school system is being reformed to be more 'inclusive'. However the enthusiasm for 'inclusive education' in Queensland seems to be waning amongst practitioners, and the 'confusion, frustration, guilt and exhaustion' that has emerged with teachers and support practitioners in the UK, is emerging amongst support practitioners and teachers in Queensland. This article argues that this is happening because inclusive education reforms that intend to provide an equitable education for all students regardless of cultural, physical, social/emotional and behavioural differences, are being introduced, but these policies, procedures and stuructures continue to label, isolate and segregate students within schools in the way in which segregated special education facilities did in the past. As well, new policies and structures are being introduced without practitioners having the time and support to critically examine the underlying assumptions about disability, difference and inclusion that underpin their practices. These reforms need to be reviewed in terms of their effectiveness in achieving their 'inclusive' goals, i.e. in terms of the impacts that these reforms are having on the students themselves, and on the educational practitioners who support the students.

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ID Code: 14158
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Inclusive education, Education policy, Support personnel, Professional development
DOI: 10.1080/13603110802504200
ISSN: 1464-5173
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [The International Journal of Inclusive Education] © [2010] [The International Journal of Inclusive Education} is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:01

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