Inclusive school community : why is it so complex?

Carrington, Suzanne B. & Robinson, Robyn (2006) Inclusive school community : why is it so complex? International Journal of Inclusive Education, 10(4-5), pp. 323-334.

PDF (88kB)

View at publisher


This paper addresses the question: why is it so hard for school communities to respond to diversity in learners, staff and parents in inclusive ways? The authors draw on theory and recent professional experience in Queensland, Australia, to offer four guiding principles that address traditional assumptions about learning that result in inequality of opportunity and outcomes for students. The authors suggest these principles to support the development of a more inclusive school community: (1) develop a learning community incorporating a critical friend; (2) value and collaborate with parents and the broader community; (3) engage students as citizens in school review and develop¬ment; and (4) support teachers’ critical engagement with inclusive ideals and practices. The authors describe how the principles can work in concert in a school community.

Impact and interest:

37 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

3,457 since deposited on 16 Nov 2006
401 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 5453
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Inclusive education, school reform, school community
DOI: 10.1080/13603110500256137
ISSN: 1464-5173
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in International Journal of Inclusive Education 10(4-5):pp. 323-334.
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:39

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page