An illusory interiority : interrogating the discourse/s of inclusion

Graham, Linda J. & Slee, Roger (2007) An illusory interiority : interrogating the discourse/s of inclusion. Educational Philosophy And Theory, 40(2), pp. 277-293.

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It is generally accepted that the notion of inclusion derived or evolved from the practices of mainstreaming or integrating students with disabilities into regular schools. Halting the practice of segregating children with disabilities was a progressive social movement. The value of this achievement is not in dispute. However, our charter as scholars and cultural vigilantes (Slee & Allan, 2001) is to always look for how we can improve things; to avoid stasis and complacency we must continue to ask, how can we do it better? Thus, we must ask ourselves uncomfortable questions and develop a critical perspective that Foucault characterised as an ‘ethic of discomfort’ (Rabinow & Rose, 2003, p. xxvi) by following the Nietzscheian principle where one acts “counter to our time and thereby on our time… for the benefit of a time to come” (Nietzsche, 1874, p. 60 in Rabinow & Rose, 2003, p. xxvi). This paper begins with a fundamental question for those participating in inclusive education research and scholarship – when we talk of including, into what do we seek to include?

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ID Code: 57604
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: inclusive education, poststructural theory, inclusion, Foucault, Derrida
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00331.x
ISSN: 1469-5812 (online) 0013-1857 (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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The authors.
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2013 23:17
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2013 13:59

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