ERIC Number: ED480183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-23
Inclusion: The Unifying Thread for Fragmented Metaphors.
Doyle, Lynn H.
This paper examines new metaphors in educational leadership and how shifting priorities and contradictions between these metaphors could result in serious fragmentation within the field. It then discusses seven ways that inclusion of all students and, in particular, students with disabilities, is the unifying thread that weaves these metaphors together. It suggests that inclusion: (1) facilitates leadership for social justice; (2) models democracy; (3) shifts power; (4) involves school-wide reform; (5) restructures and recultures; (6) enhances strategies for teaching and learning; and (7) provides support and resources. Implications for the preparation of educational leaders suggest that inclusion requires dramatic shifts in perspective; inclusion shifts the problem of students with disabilities from the individual to social constructions; and that leadership is critical to the effectiveness of inclusive schools. It suggests that both administrators and teachers must reexamine their perspectives on separate professional preparation programs. It concludes that these programs should not only teach principles of inclusion but model them as well. (Contains 90 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).