Under what conditions? Including students with learning disabilities within Australian classrooms

Gale, Trevor 2001, Under what conditions? Including students with learning disabilities within Australian classrooms, Journal of moral education, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 261-272.

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Title Under what conditions? Including students with learning disabilities within Australian classrooms
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Journal name Journal of moral education
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 261
End page 272
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2001-09
ISSN 0305-7240
1465-3877
Keyword(s) learning disabilities
primary schools
Australian classrooms
students
secondary schools
classroom integration
Summary In Australian schools, "inclusion" is a term that is used to challenge a previously narrow focus on students with disabilities and their integration within and distribution amongst "mainstream" schools and classrooms. Nevertheless, this article argues that, as a concept, "inclusion" requires further broadening and deepening, particularly in arenas of practice, if it is to serve the interests of all students. Informed by notions of recognitive justice, the paper advocates rethinking inclusion to accommodate student differences in more socially just ways - emphasising students' contributions rather than their disabilities - and what this means for the organisation of classrooms and schools. Within the article, research data are focused primarily on students with learning disabilities and draw on twenty semi-structured interviews conducted with parents and teachers across six Australian state primary and secondary schools. Three sets of conditions are proposed as necessary for inclusive classroom and school processes: specifically, those that promote self-identity and respect, self expression and development and selfdetermination and decision-making.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Journal of Moral Education Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040850

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