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ERIC Number: EJ771434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1183-322X
Inclusive Education: Is This Horse a Trojan?
Slee, Roger
Exceptionality Education Canada, v16 n2-3 p223-242 2006
In Canada and elsewhere, governments are expending considerable effort in the production of inclusive education policy texts, resources allocation models, and programs. The author notes that despite of the analytic power and the political intent of inclusive education as a counterpoint to special education, its appropriation is imminent if not complete. Across the academy, in the offices of education bureaucracies, in segregated and regular classrooms alike, inclusive education is offered as a description for all kinds of conceptual frameworks, policy proposals, and schooling practices. Some advance the inclusion of marginal and excluded identities; others refract scrutiny from the maintenance of old patterns of exclusion. For many inclusive education has become as self evident in the education lexicon as "evidence-based research," "school effectiveness," and "raising standards." These are indeed dangerous times for those engaged in educational reform to embrace inclusion through curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and school organization, because for some the generalization of inclusive education unfortunately provides a reassuring default vocabulary for "business as usual." In this paper, the author argues that just as people are becoming more comfortable with the discourse of inclusive education, it is time to expose the unacknowledged tensions that exist. In this way people may recover the insurrectionary project to ensure that schools exercise inclusive practices to complement a now almost universally inclusive rhetoric. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada