Comparison of a traditional and an inclusive secondary school culture

Carrington, Suzanne B. & Elkins, John (2002) Comparison of a traditional and an inclusive secondary school culture. The International Journal of Inclusive Education, 6(1), pp. 1-16.

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Qualitative research methods were used to conduct case studies of two secondary schools in Australia, focusing on the provision of support for students with different learning needs. Interview data were used to report differences in collective beliefs, values and descriptions of school practice that foster two contrasting school cultures. One of these school cultures is described as more inclusive and the other as more traditional. The study used an inductive approach to analysing interview data to reveal differences between the schools using three main categories: (1) model of support and the role of the special educator; (2) student focused or content-focused culture; and (3) beliefs and attitudes relating to inclusive school¬ing and teacher responsibility for catering for diverse learning needs. The findings of this study have implications for development of inclusive schooling.

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ID Code: 1715
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Inclusive Education, Secondary Schools, Student Diversity
DOI: 10.1080/13603110110061754
ISSN: 1464-5173
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in The International Journal of Inclusive Education 6(1):pp. 1-16.
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:59

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