Diversity and inclusion in the early years

Petriwskyj, Anne (2010) Diversity and inclusion in the early years. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14(2), pp. 195-212.

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The emphasis on inclusion of diverse learners presents challenges to teachers, particularly those whose understandings have been framed by notions of school readiness and special education of children with disabilities or learning difficulties. This mixed method study of early years children and teachers across three school sites in Australia explored factors associated with children’s development, achievement and adjustment. The focus went beyond organizational or structural issues to consider pedagogic responses to diverse learners from the kindergarten class through Year 1 and Year 2. The study identified factors influencing children’s outcomes, and highlighted areas of tension between inclusive policies and normative understandings that have implications for teachers’ professional learning.

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ID Code: 39118
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: diversity, inclusion, early
DOI: 10.1080/13603110802504515
ISSN: 1360-3116
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14(2), pp.195-212]. [International Journal of Inclusive Education] is available online at informaworld
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2010 21:55
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:15

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