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ERIC Number: EJ912101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Who Has Rights to What? Inclusion in Australian Early Childhood Programs
Petriwskyj, Anne
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v11 n4 p342-352 2010
In early childhood settings prior to school and in the early years of primary school, debate continues over the meaning of inclusion and its scope in terms of the groups under consideration. The genealogies of early childhood education and care, early primary school, special education and cultural education were examined to identify recurring and emerging approaches to inclusion within Australian programs for children from birth to eight years. Approaches to inclusion encompassing multiple forms of diversity coexist in the Australian educational literature with targeted approaches focused on disabilities or risk. These differing approaches reflect underlying ideological divisions and varying assumptions about diversity. Multiple approaches, including the expansion of early childhood services, reflect tensions over children's rights, conceptualizations of inclusion, the expectations of teachers, system coordination, economic constraints and political pressure to cater for a complex range of young children in varied settings. The article incorporates discussion on underlying philosophical tensions within the early childhood field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia