This book traces the major stages of thinking in the development of inclusive education. It provides overviews of the main theoretical influences: the medico-psychological model; sociological positions; curriculum studies; school effectiveness; and the impact upon policy and practice of the Disability Movement. Positioned and discussed in their historical contexts the book provides a synopsis and critique of the last 50 years, including the introduction of the term "Special Educational Needs," the practice of integration, and the present processes of inclusive education. The unique features of this book include personal reflections by a number of people who are considered to have had major influence in the


LaniFlorianUniversity of Central Lancashire, UK

Sample Texts

Inclusive education in the marketplace (Rouse and Florian, 1997)

An examination of the practical problems associated with the implementation of inclusive education policies (1998)

Defining difference: a comparative perspective on legal and policy issues in education reform and special educational needs (Florian and Pullin, 2000)

Major Influences

Though it is not always easy for professionals like me to hear what disabled people have to say the voices of disabled people describing their experience of disability in society exert a powerful influence on my thinking. Trying to understand disability from the perspective of a disabled person constantly challenges the way I think about my work as a researcher and, I would like to think, advocate. Resources like the publications from the Disabilities Studies Project ...

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