ERIC Number: EJ857867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Beyond the Difference: From the Margins to Inclusion
Petrou, A.; Angelides, P.; Leigh, J.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v13 n5 p439-448 Aug 2009
In recent years mounting evidence reveals that many children, for different reasons, do not receive equal opportunities for learning, and therefore are marginalised. However, despite the fact that many education systems have attempted to solve this problem and respond to the contemporary needs of all children by deploying a variety of policies for inclusive education, and despite the improvements already achieved, the phenomenon of marginalisation still persists as a difficult problem still awaiting a solution. The paper attempts to deconstruct the term "difference" from a post-modern point of view, and also considers it genealogically from a philosophical perspective. The purpose is to improve teaching practice in order for teachers to provide equal opportunities in learning for all students. Naturally, the acceptance of "difference" stimulates thinking and expands the parameters of free will. It will therefore be considered that while broad margins (or the marginal) persist, the possibility of difference will also continue to prevail and thus require sustained liberalism in education.
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Educational Policy, Teaching Methods, Mainstreaming, Special Needs Students, Access to Education, Equal Education, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Political Attitudes, Minority Groups, Student Diversity, Social Attitudes
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