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The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement

Morton, Missy , Duke, Jennifer, Todd, Nicole Ann , Higgins, Nancy , Mercer, Louise, & Kimber, Megan (2012) The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement. In Teaching in inclusive school communities. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, pp. 39-64.

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Abstract

In this chapter we look at inclusive education as part of a number of wider social movements for social justice. Inclusive education is thus understood as a transformation of education systems, rather than simply the addition of new groups of students to schools, or the development of new techniques (Slee, 2006). We illustrate the ways movements for social change can occur at many levels. Resistance to social change also occurs at many levels. Movements for social justice often include a goal of changing what happens in education. This is because education is often seen as one of the important social institutions that can reinforce the status quo. Education is also seen as an important means of changing the status quo, giving more people access to a more meaningful education. It’s not uncommon to hear various political parties criticising each other’s educational policies as ‘social engineering.’ Movements for social justice in education understand that education has always been about social engineering. The questions of interest are thus: Social engineering for what?; Who benefits; and At whose expense?

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ID Code: 53764
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: teacher education, inclusive education, education policy, social movements
ISBN: 978-0-7303-0217-9
Subjects: 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) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2012 11:20
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 01:11

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