Inclusive Education: Examining Equity on Five Continents

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Despite the impressive growth of inclusive education around the world, questions and considerations about equity have been neglected. This edited volume makes a major contribution to the field of inclusive education by analyzing equity concerns that have emerged from the implementation of inclusive education models in nine nations on five continents.

The authors examine how disparate approaches to inclusive education are mediated by the official and implicit goals of public education; by access to intellectual, human, and material resources; and by collective understanding of and educational responses to sociocultural differences. Inclusive Education provides critical reviews of research on this important education reform movement, as well as a refined theoretical understanding of the ways equity is addressed. It also offers lessons for future policy and research that are mindful of equity.

Contributors include Roey Ahram, Girma Berhanu, Gottfried Biewer, Inés Dussel, Alan Dyson, Brian Edgar, Petra Engelbrecht, Edward Fergus, Lisa Jones, Roger Jeffery, Kirstin Kerr, Jessica M. Löser, Mikael Luciak, Ray McDermott, Kagendo Mutua, Nidhi Singal, Beth Scarloss, Carlos Skliar, Beth Blue Swadener, and Rolf Werning.

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Despite the impressive growth of inclusive education around the world, questions and considerations about equity have been neglected. This volume makes a major contribution to the field of inclusive education by analyzing equity concerns that have emerged from the implementation of inclusive education models in nine nations on five continents.

The authors examine how disparate approaches to inclusive education are mediated by differing goals for public education, access to resources, and responses to sociocultural differences. Inclusive Education provides critical reviews of research on this important education reform movement and a theoretical understanding of the ways in which equity is addressed. It also offers lessons for future policy and research that are attentive to equity issues.

“The discourse of inclusion in the United States has clung to thin examinations of professional practices and standardized notions of student deficits. This volume offers a thoughtful remedy by exploring the cultural and political dimensions that contribute to the construction of human difference in a variety of local contexts. Appreciated in contextual complexity, inclusion is much more than a question of disability and accommodation. It presses us to question our highest purposes and hopes for schooling.” — Scot Danforth, professor and director, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University

“At a time when most countries are struggling to develop more equitable education systems, this book provides a rich and valuable resource of ideas. Drawing on accounts of developments in diverse countries, the volume is unusual in the way that it conceptualizes inclusive education as being about a broad range of groups that are vulnerable to marginalization, exclusion, and low achievement.” — Mel Ainscow, professor, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

“This powerful collection of cross-cultural analyses penetrates the dilemma of implementing inclusion and equity within the contexts of vastly differing cultures and histories. Unique in its range of empirical and theoretical perspectives, Inclusive Education persuades us that, while it is impossible to devise a one-size-fits-all model of inclusion, the hallmark of education in the twenty-first century must be a global commitment to the search for equity.” — Beth Harry, professor and chair, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami

Alfredo J. Artiles is a professor of culture, society, and education in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Elizabeth B. Kozleski is a professor of culture, society, and education at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. Federico R. Waitoller is an assistant professor in the Special Education Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education.

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Alfredo J. Artiles is a professor of culture, society, and education in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Elizabeth B. Kozleski is a professor of culture, society, and education at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. Federico R. Waitoller is an assistant professor in the Special Education Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education.

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