ERIC Number: EJ831947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Inclusive School Community: Why Is It so Complex?
Carrington, Suzanne; Robinson, Robyn
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v10 n4-5 p323-334 Jul 2006
This paper addresses the question: why is it so hard for school communities to respond to diversity in learners, staff and parents in inclusive ways? The authors draw on theory and recent professional experience in Queensland, Australia, to offer four guiding principles that address traditional assumptions about learning that result in inequality of opportunity and outcomes for students. The authors suggest these principles to support the development of a more inclusive school community: (1) develop a learning community incorporating a critical friend; (2) value and collaborate with parents and the broader community; (3) engage students as citizens in school review and development; and (4) support teachers' critical engagement with inclusive ideals and practices. The authors describe how the principles can work in concert in a school community.
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Foreign Countries, Educational Principles, Equal Education, Educational Environment, Guidelines, Special Needs Students, Educational Policy, Special Education, Student Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, School Culture, Self Evaluation (Groups)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia