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ERIC Number: ED463111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 7
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Curriculum Reform for Inclusion: Infusing Issues of Social Justice and Caring.
Gourley, Junean J.
Inclusion of students with disabilities into schools is mandated by law, but inclusion programs are often overlaid onto the school much as pieces of fabric are appliqued onto a preexisting cloth. Few programs have succeeded in interweaving inclusion into the tapestry of the school. Since research has shown a connection between inclusion and the concepts of social justice and caring, methods to infuse these concepts into school curricula become the focus. One method involves thematic units that link various subjects such as English, science, and child development. Included within the units are projects that focus on individuals with disabilities and their roles in society. Although this method would seem to include an aspect of care, the connection is not specifically addressed. Another suggestion is the establishment of a new course that would include a practicum and extend across the high school years. The course would focus on different topics and infuse the concepts of social justice and caring throughout the various disciplines covered. While this course is interdisciplinary, it is still a class on its own and does not extend across preexisting courses. Since gender differences relative to social justice and caring have been noted, the question emerges: if curricula are refocused to challenge students to explore social justice and caring, with one important outcome being a more sensitive view of those with disabilities, would different approaches designed with consideration of gender differences produce more favorable results? (Contains 35 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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