Inclusive Education: Supporting Diversity in the Classroom
1 Jan 2010
Allen & Unwin
Including students with differing learning needs in regular classrooms is an ongoing challenge. This text draws on research on sound inclusive practice to provide a practical guide to working with primary and secondary students who require additional support for learning. The authors outline the principles behind educational diversity and inclusive practice, and discuss the range of different needs teachers can encounter in an inclusive classroom. They explain the practical issues involved in assessment, planning, and implementing inclusive curriculum and pedagogy. They also offer strategies for promoting positive social relationships. The emphasis is on ensuring that all students receive worthwhile educational experiences while learning together. This revised edition reflects current research and changes in the field. It emphasises more explicitly a process approach to school inclusion, applicable to all students, rather than a focus on labels and categories often assigned to those with different learning needs. It includes enhanced coverage of professional collaboration, assessment for learning, and professional learning communities as a means of providing more successful inclusion.