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ERIC Number: EJ828353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Language of Inclusion and Diversity: Policy Discourses and Social Practices in Finnish and Norwegian Schools
Arnesen, Anne-Lise; Mietola, Reetta; Lahelma, Elina
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v11 n1 p97-110 Jan 2007
The terrain of inclusion studies in discussed in this paper from the perspective of policy discourses and teachers' constructions on student diversity. We start by discussing the concept of inclusion from normative and analystic perspectives. We then look at the kinds of discourses that can be found in the Finnish and Norwegian curricula, as well as teachers' interviews when they talk about their students. On this basis we analyse how the patterns of diversity and inclusion are conceived and constructed; the phenomenon of "diversity", as it is formulated in policy documents and as it is expressed in categories with which teachers operate and act upon in school; and, "diversity" in the context of inclusive practices. We draw from ethnographic studies in Finnish and Norwegian schools; both from mainstream and from special classes. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway