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


BobLingardUniversity of Queensland, Australia

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The Disadvantaged Schools Programme: caught between literacy and local management of schools (1998)

Major Influences

I come from a poor family. Both my mother and father left school early. They didn't have any secondary education. I'm the oldest of all the grandchildren. My brother, sister and I all went to this little primary school that my dad went to. We always did well and my parents used to say to the three of us that ‘You are not going to be like us. You are all going to university’. My dad was a motor mechanic and I can't do anything practical because he wouldn't let me. He used to say, ‘You're not going to lie on concrete floors under cars. You're going ...

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