The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement

Morton, Missy and Duke, Jennie and Todd, Nicole Ann and Higgins, Nancy and Mercer, Louise and Kimber, Megan (2012) The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement. In: Teaching in inclusive school communities. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd., Brisbane, Australia, pp. 39-64. ISBN 978-0-7303-0217-9


In this chapter we look at inclusive education as part of a number of wider social movements for social justice. Inclusive education is thus understood as a transformation of education systems, rather than simply the addition of new groups of students to schools, or the development of new techniques (Siee, 2006). We illustrate the ways movements for social change can occur at many levels. Resistance to social change also occurs at many levels. Movements for social justice often include a goal of changing what happens in education. This is because education is often seen as one of the important social institutions that can reinforce the status quo. Education is also seen as an important means of changing the status quo, giving more people access to a more meaningful education. It's not uncommon to hear various political parties criticising each other's educational policies as 'social engineering.' Movements for social justice in education understand that education has always been about social engineering. The questions of interest are thus: Social engineering for what?; Who benefits?; and At whose expense?

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Chapter 2. Textbook. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 22:57
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 04:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: government policy; social justice; society; schools
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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