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ERIC Number: EJ1135292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3383
The "Yes … But" Dilemma: Implementing Inclusive Education in Emirati Primary Schools
Alborno, Nadera Emran
British Journal of Special Education, v44 n1 p26-45 Mar 2017
The Ministry of Education (MOE) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched the "School for All" inclusive education initiative in 2010. This article investigates the implementation of this initiative in three primary schools from stakeholders' perspectives. Using a multiple case study approach, data were collected over a full school year from interviews, observations and documents. Findings revealed uneven progress in five areas: staff training and development, school structures, support services, assistive technology and community awareness. The study identified improved access to mainstream classrooms and growing awareness among stakeholders as emerging good practice. However, serious challenges remain regarding teacher training, exclusionary practices, the lack of specialised support services and misguided policies. This study contributes to the evidence-based research on inclusion in the UAE with some emphasis on Islamic principles, cultural beliefs and the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability in promoting every child's right to an education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates
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