What are Effective Inclusive Schools and Why are They Important?

Authored by: James McLeskey , Nancy L. Waldron , Fred Spooner , Bob Algozzine

Handbook of Effective Inclusive Schools

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626057
eBook ISBN: 9780203102930
Adobe ISBN: 9781136242434

10.4324/9780203102930.ch1

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Abstract

Historically, exclusion and stigma have been part of the lives of most persons with disabilities (Osgood, 2007). Concepts such as mainstreaming, integration, and, most recently, inclusion have been developed in an attempt to address these issues and to support the human rights of persons with disabilities (McLeskey, 2007; UNESCO, 2005). While most professionals and advocates are supportive of the concept of inclusion and the need to ensure human rights for persons with disabilities, they have not been able to agree on a definition of inclusion that guides how these concepts should be applied in practice (Ainscow, Booth, & Dyson, 2006; Dyson, Farrell, Polat, Hutcheson, & Gallannaugh, 2004; McLeskey & Waldron, 2011a).

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