Wherefore art thou, inclusion? Analysing the development of inclusive education in New South Wales, Finland and Alberta

Graham, Linda J. & Jahnukainen, Markku (2011) Wherefore art thou, inclusion? Analysing the development of inclusive education in New South Wales, Finland and Alberta. Journal of Education Policy, 26(2), pp. 263-288.

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, moves toward “inclusion” have prompted change in the formation of education policies, schooling structures and pedagogical practice. Yet, exclusion through the categorisation and segregation of students with diverse abilities has grown; particularly for students with challenging behaviour. This paper considers what has happened to inclusive education by focusing on three educational jurisdictions known to be experiencing different rates of growth in the identification of special educational needs: New South Wales (Australia), Alberta (Canada) and Finland (Europe). In our analysis, we consider the effects of competing policy forces that appear to thwart the development of inclusive schools in two of our case-study regions.

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ID Code: 57512
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: inclusive education, special education funding policy, international comparison
DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2010.493230
ISSN: 1464-5106 (online) 0268-0939 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
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Deposited On: 21 Feb 2013 23:11
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2015 07:40

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