What are Qualities of Effective Inclusive Schools?

Authored by: David Hoppey , James McLeskey

Handbook of Effective Inclusive Schools

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

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


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In 1994, the Salamanca World Conference on Special Needs Education endorsed what has been described as “Arguably the most significant international document that has ever appeared in the special needs field” (Ainscow, 2005, pp. 109–110). This statement succinctly states the rationale that has been used by many educators and advocates for developing and supporting inclusive schools:

[Inclusive schools] are the most effective means of combating discriminatory attitudes, creating welcoming communities, building an inclusive society, and achieving education for all; moreover, they provide an effective education to the majority of children and improve the efficiency and ultimately the cost-effectiveness of the entire education system.

( UNESCO, 1994 p. xi).

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