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ERIC Number: EJ828368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Voices On: Teachers and Teaching Assistants Talk about Inclusion
Sikes, Pat; Lawson, Hazel; Parker, Maureen
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v11 n3 p355-370 May 2007
According to some authors (Thomas & Loxley, 2001), "inclusion" has become something of a cliche, even being "evacuated of meaning" (Benjamin, 2002). In England, teachers and teachers' assistants are required to implement inclusion but, in the absence of any universal definition of what the term means, the way in which they enact it varies depending on their understanding of this concept. In this paper, which was originally given as a performance text, we will be re-presenting data collected in the course of narrative and autobiographical investigation of mainstream teachers and teaching assistants' experiences and understandings of inclusion. Through these re-presentations our aim is to illustrate and bring about an engagement with the range of perceptions and conceptualizations portrayed. These demonstrate the tensions and resistances between systemic and personal elements in their understanding of inclusion. Our focus is primarily methodological in that we explore what "narrative and the performance turn" (Denzin, 2003) have to offer to research which seeks to investigate practitioners' articulations and understandings of educational inclusion. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)