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


MelAinscowUniversity of Manchester, UK

Sample Texts

Preventing Classroom Failure: An Objectives Approach

(Ainscow and Tweddle, 1979)

Teacher education as a strategy for developing inclusive schools (1993)

From Them To Us: An International Study of Inclusion in Education

(Booth and Ainscow, 1998)

Major Influences

I can identify a number of key people, for example Dave Tweddle, David Hopkins, Susan Hart and Tony Booth, who I have worked with and who have been major influences on my thinking. I am still proud of the work Dave Tweddle and I did in that school in Walsall because I think it was genuine and authentic. The work I have done with my Cambridge colleagues took me very close to schools and I learned about the richness of being close to practice on a day-to-day basis. It ...

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