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ERIC Number: EJ1058292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
An Island outside the Mainstream? The Special Needs Unit during a Period of Inclusive Change in an Aotearoa/New Zealand High School
McMaster, Christopher
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v15 n2 p100-107 Fall 2014
This research article reports on the experience of a special needs unit within an Aotearoa/New Zealand high school during a period of inclusive change. The study of the special needs unit represented a case study within a larger year-long qualitative study of the school experience. Utilizing the Index for Inclusion: Developing learning and participation in schools (Booth & Ainscow, 2011) as a framework for reflection and planning, the school community explored core school values and assumptions and how those values and assumptions manifested in school practices. During this process a wide consensus was formed regarding the interpretation of inclusion which left the special needs unit and staff out of sync with the majority of the staff team. To resolve this tension the school re-modelled their delivery of special education provision which incorporated the special needs unit within the "mainstream" of the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand