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

Continuing the Dialogue

Continuing the Dialogue

Continuing the dialogue

Students are now using the Internet and e-mail to do their research. This is a relatively recent development and one that has profound implications for any form of higher education studies. Compared to when I was doing my PhD research, when a letter to a key academic other than my supervisor was probably the nearest I got to a long-distance dialogue, students now have the opportunity to engage in genuine dialogue with a diverse range of thinkers.

This opens up the following possibilities:

  • issues which are difficult to conceptualize can be clarified through an e-mail debate between academic writers and students
  • ideas being generated from the global arena are available to take students beyond national boundaries
  • students may have access to texts which are ...
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