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ERIC Number: EJ931240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1918-5227
Educational Leadership to Create Authentic Inclusive Schools: The Experiences of Principals in a Canadian Rural School District
Irvine, Angela; Lupart, Judy; Loreman, Tim; McGhie-Richmond, Donna
Exceptionality Education International, v20 n2 p70-88 2010
Inclusive education--based on the premise of social justice--advocates equal access to educational opportunities for all students. This research provides insight into the inclusive experiences of school principals in a Canadian rural school district through quantitative and qualitative inquiries. A survey was administered to 16 school administrators, and following initial data analysis, individual interviews with four school principals were carried out as part of a multi-perspective case study of students with special needs. Overall, inclusion was viewed in a positive light and extended beyond classroom placement to meeting the needs of diverse groups of students within the regular classroom. The responsibilities and strategies of the principals that support inclusion are outlined and other factors that contribute to effective inclusion identified. Key factors include collaboration among key players in the students' education and opportunities for professional development. The results have implications for school leadership preparation and professional development of school administrators. (Contains 2 tables.)
Exceptionality Education International. University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-0800; Fax: 780-492-1318; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access