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



The 23 writers whose work has been reflected in Section 2 have spoken for themselves, and continue to do so in the numerous publications which represent their contributions to the field of inclusive ideology and practices.

We said in the preface to our book that these were not the only voices and that, importantly, your own voice is equally important. So, we invite you to conclude your reading of Section 2 in one of two ways, using the methods we adopted in the compilation of this section of the book. Whether or not you have published your own work, you will still have your own ideas, experiences, influences and contributions.

Either ask a colleague to interview you, using some of the key questions given in the ...

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