Inclusive schoolwide pedagogical principles: cultural indicators in action

Abawi, Lindy and Carter, Susan and Andrews, Dorothy and Conway, Joan (2018) Inclusive schoolwide pedagogical principles: cultural indicators in action. In: New pedagogical challenges in the 21st century: contributions of research in education. IntechOpen, United Kingdom, pp. 33-55. ISBN 9781789233803

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'Inclusion!' is the catch cry heard across both educational and community contexts and yet the reality is often less than ideal. The diversity and complexity of student needs within regular classrooms are both an asset and a challenge for schools and classroom teachers. We believe, with Nelson Mandela, that 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world' and in order for such a dream to be achieved, it is essential that the pedagogical practices that support the needs of diverse learners are clearly understood and supported by both teachers and school leaders. Most existing research emphasises the need to improve the skill sets of both teacher graduates and practising teachers as a means of enhancing student support. We suggest that it cannot stop at the individual classroom practice level. To maximise student outcomes, inclusive pedagogical practices must be school wide, and well understood, thus resulting in a culture of inclusion becoming embedded in school wide practices and maintained over the long term. Inclusive schoolwide pedagogical (SWP) frameworks and shared practices lie at the heart of the two case study examples used to illustrate the key messages from our research.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2018 The Author(s). Licensee IntechOpen. This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 04:53
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: schoolwide pedagogy, inclusion, student special needs, social justice, school culture, school improvement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.70358

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