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This comprehensive textbook looks at current issues in learning and teaching across the three key areas of policy, learning and practice. It will help you to think critically on your Education course, and to make connections between the processes of learning and the practicalities of teaching. Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching addresses key issues in primary, secondary and special education. The contributors reflect on current thinking and policy surrounding learning and teaching, and what it means to be a teacher today. Looking at the practice of teaching in a wider context allows you to explore some of the issues you will face, and the evolving expectations of your role in a policy-led environment. The book focuses on core areas of debate including education across different contexts and settings, teaching in an inclusive environment, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners.This essential text can be used across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BEd/BA degrees, initial teacher-training courses, and Masters in Education programs.

Inclusion and Pedagogy
Inclusion and pedagogy

In this chapter, we explore the implications of possibly the most universal and demanding policy for schools and teachers: inclusion. While there is debate about what exactly we mean by inclusion in education, there is general agreement that if it is to work, then something has to change.

Inclusion has been described as being about shared values, participation, culture and communities. It has its roots in human rights and social justice and this has created a tension between the rights of all children to be educated along with their peers and the ‘needs’ model that is the basis of the segregated special schools system that is challenged by advocates of inclusion. Consequently, ...

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