The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement

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Morton, Missy, Duke, Jennie, Todd, Nicole Ann, Higgins, Nancy, Mercer, Louise and Kimber, Megan. 2012. "The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement." Carrington, Suzanne B. and MacArthur, Jude (ed.) Teaching in inclusive school communities. Brisbane, Australia. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 39-64
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The social and political underpinnings of the inclusive education movement

Book Chapter CategoryTextbook (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2349
Book TitleTeaching in inclusive school communities
AuthorsMorton, Missy (Author), Duke, Jennie (Author), Todd, Nicole Ann (Author), Higgins, Nancy (Author), Mercer, Louise (Author) and Kimber, Megan (Author)
EditorsCarrington, Suzanne B. and MacArthur, Jude
Page Range39-64
Chapter Number2
Number of Pages26
Year2012
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN9780730302179
Abstract

In this chapter we look at inclusive education as part of a number of wider social movements for social justice. Inclusive education is thus understood as a transformation of education systems, rather than simply the addition of new groups of students to schools, or the development of new techniques (Siee, 2006). We illustrate the ways movements for social change can occur at many levels. Resistance to social change also occurs at many levels. Movements for social justice often include a goal of changing what happens in education. This is because education is often seen as one of the important social institutions that can reinforce the status quo. Education is also seen as an important means of changing the status quo, giving more people access to a more meaningful education. It's not uncommon to hear various political parties criticising each other's educational policies as 'social engineering.' Movements for social justice in education understand that education has always been about social engineering. The questions of interest are thus: Social engineering for what?; Who benefits?; and At whose expense?

Keywordsgovernment policy; social justice; society; schools
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
390411. Special education and disability
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Canterbury, New Zealand
Queensland University of Technology
Faculty of Education
Massey University, New Zealand
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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