Synopses & Reviews
This book represents an original and innovatory series of insights, ideas and questions concerning inclusive education and cross-cultural understandings. Drawing on historical and cultural material, policy developments, legislation and research findings, the book provides a critical exploration of key factors including Inclusive Education, human rights, change, diversity and special educational needs. It is a key focus of consideration how these are defined and experienced within particular societies. Contradictions, ambiguities, complexities and differences within and between societies are identified and discussed. Each contributor offers some insights into their own developments and struggles in the pursuit of inclusive thinking, values and practices. Overall, the book enriches our existing knowledge and understanding and provides a stimulus for further work of a conceptual, theoretical and empirical form, concerning this fundamentally important topic of cross-cultural perspectives on Inclusive Education. It is essential reading for policy makers, students, teachers and researchers.
From the reviews: "This book, the fourth volume in the series on Inclusive Education: Cross Cultural Perspectives, is a collection of contributions and case studies from Canada in North America, England, Ireland ... and Trinidad and Tobago from the Caribbean. ... The book is ... situated within the broad context of the series which is committed to 'exploring the meaning and function of inclusive education in a world characterized by rapid social, economic and political change'. ... The contributors range from professors, faculty deans and doctoral students." (Michael Omolewa, International Review of Education, Vol. 55, 2009)
This innovative book explores a variety of contemporary issues relating to inclusive education across the globe. It draws from historical and cultural material, policy developments, legislation and research to address the topic from various perspectives.
This book represents an original and innovative series of insights, ideas and questions concerning inclusive education and cross-cultural understandings. Drawing on historical and cultural material, policy developments, legislation and research findings, the book provides a critical exploration of key factors including inclusive education, human rights, change, diversity and special educational needs. The contributors focus closely on how these factors are defined and experienced within particular societies.
Table of Contents
Contents - Acknowledgements - Contributors - Foreword - Introduction. Policy, experience and change and the challenge of Inclusive Education: the case of England: Felicity Armstrong and Len Barton.- Inclusive Education in Spain: a view from inside; Angeles Parrilla.- The integration of 'disabled' children in ordinary schools in France: a new challenge; Eric Plaisance.- 'Made in Italy': integrazione scolastica and the new vision of inclusive education; Simona D'Alessio.- The rhetoric of Inclusive Education in Libya: are children's rights in crisis?; Abdelbasit Gadour.- The lethargy of a nation: Inclusive Education in India and developing systemic strategies of change; Mithu Alur.- Inclusive Education in Trinidad and Tobago: Jennifer Lavia; Disability and Inclusive Education in Zimbabwe: Robert Chimedza.- Towards Inclusive Education in Canada; Vianne Timmons.- Educating the other: a journey in Cyprus time and space; Helen Phtiaka.- To be or not to be included - that is the question: disabled students in third level education; Tina Lowe and Patrick McDonnell.- It's a fit-up! Inclusive Education, Higher Education, policy and the discordant Voice; Roger Slee.- Index