This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern. 

Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusion and diversity

Introduction: Concepts in Tension

Diversity and inclusion emerged in the later decades of the twentieth century as two central preoccupations of political and educational theory in liberal democracies. Social movements pressed for recognition of many forms of diversity: ability, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation. If diversity is ‘the great issue of our time’ (Macedo, 2000: 1), inclusion is commonly regarded in public discourse and policy as a key solution to the injustices suffered by groups excluded from the mainstream of society. These injustices have taken the form of misrecognition of the traditions, cultures, preferences and material needs of the excluded, as well as their needs for access to and inclusion in educational provision. So it ...

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