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ERIC Number: EJ831935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Caught in the Net: A Foucaultian Interrogation of the Incidental Effects of Limited Notions of Inclusion
Graham, Linda J.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v10 n1 p3-25 Jan 2006
The Department of Education in the Australian state of Queensland promotes inclusiveness and states a commitment to all students achieving to their full potential ("Inclusive Learning", 2004, p. 17). Paradoxically, comprehensive review of Queensland Government education department policy indicates the vision of inclusive education is subordinate to the problematic of "inclusion as calculus" (Ware, 2002, p.149). Arguably the implications of conceptualising inclusive education via such limited notions of inclusion needs consideration. The question posed in this paper asks what effects the practices involved might have upon those children whose difference remains outside institutionally "recognised" forms of Otherness. Interestingly the psychiatric category at the foci of this discussion, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is not deemed eligible for educational support in Queensland. Such avoidance through the non-recognition of ADHD is remarkable given that diagnosis of ADHD and/or disruptive behaviour disorder is increasing across all states in Australia at an exponential rate (Davis et al., 2001; OECD, 2003; Prosser et al., 2002; Swan, 2000). So too is the prescription rate for stimulant medication (Mackey & Kopras, 2001). It appears then that any role schooling plays in the psycho-pathologisation of children (Panksepp, 1998; Thomas & Glenny, 2000) is implicit in nature since there is no formal identification process responsible for locating ADHD/behaviour disorder in Queensland schools. Utilising a conceptual framework derived from the work of Foucault, this paper engages with this problematic to question what processes and practices might inform the construction of "disorderly" schooling identities and further, may legitimise the differential treatment of such children within the Queensland context. (Contains 5 figures and 7 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: Australia