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

Introduction

Introduction

This section shows you examples of how other students have related the theoretical debates you have been exploring in Section 1 to their own professional experiences. They may be head teachers, educational psychologists, teachers or learning support assistants. What they all have in common is their need to link theory to practice in their academic writing. One of the aims of this book is to help you to do that.

Section 2 acts as a bridge between the theories of Section 1 and the examples of student writing which are discussed in Section 3. It is a bridge because it takes a range of contributors to the debates on inclusive education and shows how their professional and personal experiences relate to their theoretical views. It ...

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