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ERIC Number: EJ913808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan-18
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Canadian Teachers' Associations and the Inclusive Movement for Students with Special Needs
Winzer, Margret; Mazurek, Kas
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n116 Jan 2011
During the 1980s Canadian teachers' associations became deeply immersed in the reform movement that called for the inclusion of students with special needs into general classrooms. Associations raised issues surrounding inclusive schooling, particularly in regard to the conditions of teaching and learning. As inclusion evolved into a dominant paradigm for schooling, the associations assumed more positive and conciliatory stances. To illustrate the manner in which Canadian teachers' associations confronted the inclusive schooling policy, this paper discusses common overlapping elements found in their collective dialogue surrounding three major themes--implementation, funding and supports, and professional development. It considers initial association responses and gradual shifts in stances by many associations as they increasingly supported inclusive schooling and assimilated its concepts under the banners of teacher professionalism and social justice. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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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: Canada