Towards Educational Inclusion in a Contested Society: From Critical Reflection to Cultural Action

R.A.L. Smith, S. Barr

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    Abstract

    This paper is written by democratic educators who stand for the idea that is it worth developing, through classrooms and schools, a socially just (egalitarian), anti-discriminatory society where interdependent relationships are valued. This paper significantly develops some of the ideas explored in the authors’ earlier contribution concerned with progress in Northern Ireland towards educational inclusion, and how this might more effectively advance in a post-conflict transforming society. In particular, the paper poses the ‘so what’ question, and it responds by exploring the practical implications of six key ideas thought essential for transforming learning environments supportive of cultural diversity, equity and excellence for all. In addition, it includes examples of how school staff, along with collaborating partners, might utilize these key principles in order to facilitate school improvement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)401-439
    Number of pages39
    JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
    Volume12
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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