Reconceptualising inclusion as participation: Neoliberal buck-passing or strategic by-passing?

Graham, Linda (2016) Reconceptualising inclusion as participation: Neoliberal buck-passing or strategic by-passing? Discourse, 37(4), pp. 563-581.

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This paper investigates increases in the identification of special educational needs in the New South Wales (NSW) government school system over the last two decades, which are then discussed with senior public servants working within the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC). Participant narratives indicate deep structural barriers to inclusion that are perpetuated by the discourses and practices of regular and special education. Despite policies that speak of ‘working together’ for ‘every student’ and ‘every school’, students who experience difficulty in schools and with learning often remain peripheral to the main game, even though their number is said to be increasing. There is, however, some positive progress being made. Findings suggest that key policy figures within the NSW DEC are keenly aware of the barriers and have adopted alternative strategies to drive inclusion via a new discourse of ‘participation’ which is underpinned by the linking of student assessment and the resourcing of schools.

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ID Code: 89763
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Inclusive education, Funding policy, NAPLAN, My School, Accountability
DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1073021
ISSN: 1469-3739
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2015 22:32
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 15:19

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