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ERIC Number: EJ938782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Immanent Critique of the Practice of Zero Tolerance in Inclusive Schools
James, Sarah; Freeze, Rick
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v10 n6 p581-594 2006
In this paper, the contradiction of practising zero tolerance in inclusive schools is discussed using the critical method of Skrtic's immanent critique. The authors contend that the policy of inclusive schools for all is contradicted and undermined by the practice of zero tolerance policies, especially suspensions, expulsions and segregation. Thus, inclusion and zero tolerance are not complementary, but rather mutually exclusive, both in terms of rhetoric and of implementation. Possible inclusive solutions to challenging behaviours, involving prevention, reinforcement, restitution and the direct teaching of appropriate behaviours, are suggested and discussed in terms of consolidating inclusive schooling with appropriate disciplinary practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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