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Quinn, Una; Wakefield, Peter – Support for Learning, 2009
The article focuses upon a small-scale research project undertaken in a Northern Ireland secondary school. Using a questionnaire, the article explores the views of a sample of young people from four European countries who are enrolled at the school, regarding the school's inclusive policy and associated practices. In recent years, Northern Ireland…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, School Culture, Foreign Countries, Migrants
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King-Sears, Margaret E. – Support for Learning, 2008
As policy makers and educators respond to legislation promoting the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms, there is sometimes confusion about why this is being done and how it can be accomplished effectively. In this article, two categories of fallacies, or misunderstandings, are identified. The first fallacy is…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Inclusive Schools, Disabilities, Special Needs Students
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Humphrey, Neil – Support for Learning, 2008
The number of pupils with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) being educated in mainstream schools is increasing. However, there is growing concern about their educational experiences. Research suggests that such pupils make easy targets for bullies, and are considered difficult to teach by teachers. Furthermore, pupils with ASD are more than 20…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Autism, Educational Experience, Special Needs Students
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Gunter, Helen; Thomson, Pat – Support for Learning, 2007
We present a case study of working with a group of students as researchers and policy makers in their school. We argue that there is much to learn about the location of gender and class within processes of inclusion and exclusion, specifically how student voice can reveal their experiences in ways that adults may not be able to or wish to. We…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Research
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Alur, Mithu – Support for Learning, 2007
In this article the author discusses concepts of exclusion and inclusion and how important it is to understand exclusionary practices in the context and culture specificity of each region to attempt to remove barriers to inclusive education. She specifically discusses the low status given to girls and women in the Indian culture and how this…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Indians, Access to Education, Gender Issues
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Baker, John – Support for Learning, 2007
In July 2006, the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee reported on Special Educational Needs. The report expressed concern over the Government's policy on SEN, especially as it relates to inclusion and to the confusion this has created for special schools. In this article I shall attempt to tease out what I believe to be the…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Policy, Educational Needs, Special Schools
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Forbes, Fiona – Support for Learning, 2007
This article outlines the views of the Australian Special Education Principals' Association (ASEPA) on inclusion and the impact this is having on Australian Government Schools from a school based perspective. ASEPA is a relatively young association and was formed in 1997 out of the need to put forward the case to support students with special…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Special Education, Inclusive Schools, Foreign Countries
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Johnson, Debbie – Support for Learning, 2006
Debbie Johnson is a teacher who provides an account of her involvement in researching the inclusion of pupils with Down's syndrome over a number of years. Her work has not only increased her own understanding but has had a significant influence upon her practice, both as a class teacher and in her current advisory role. Writing in a highly…
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Inclusive Schools, Teacher Role, Special Education Teachers
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Whitehurst, Teresa; Howells, Amy – Support for Learning, 2006
In this article Teresa Whitehurst and Amy Howells describe how pupils and staff from mainstream and special settings worked together on a project, resulting in a musical performance. They demonstrate at the outset that, even after several decades of integration and then inclusion, there remains an attitudinal hurdle to overcome. Mainstream pupils…
Descriptors: Perception, Student Attitudes, Fear, Learning Problems
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Winter, Eileen C. – Support for Learning, 2006
The policy of including pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream schools and classes is now firmly established in many jurisdictions worldwide. Successful implementation of such policy depends largely on teachers having the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to make it work. This poses a considerable challenge for both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Inclusive Schools, Special Education
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Hunter, John; O'Connor, Una – Support for Learning, 2006
This article provides a context within which other contributions to this issue might be read. It examines the position of special educational needs (SEN) within the evolving continuum of education in Northern Ireland, specifically within the context of educational inclusion. It describes recent changes in educational policy and legislation which…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Special Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Layton, Lyn – Support for Learning, 2005
Although the National Standards for special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) (TTA, 1998) emphasised, as essential, their preparation for leadership, the extent to which SENCOs are formally recognised as leaders varies significantly. In this article, Lyn Layton provides perspectives on the SENCO role, collected through a small-scale study,…
Descriptors: Leadership, Educational Needs, National Standards, Educational Change
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Currie, Laura-Ann; Prudnikova, Victoria; Yarkova, Natalya – Support for Learning, 2005
In this article, Laura Ann Currie and Victoria Prudnikova describe a three-year Russian/Scottish partnership designed to take forward an inclusive educational policy in the Samara Region of Russia. Education staff from West Lothian Council and Barnardo's visited the Samara Region to train staff there to help take forward their inclusion programme.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Mainstreaming, Early Childhood Education
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Tranter, Rachel; Palin, Nathalie – Support for Learning, 2004
Rachel Tranter and Nathalie Palin are involved with programmes created in partnership with a range of education providers, particularly Pupil Referral Services in West London. Here they discuss their work at the Orleans House Gallery, providing insights into the scope and potential of the arts and inclusion. In this article they raise issues for…
Descriptors: Referral, Partnerships in Education, Foreign Countries, Inclusive Schools
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Stern, Julian – Support for Learning, 2004
Religious education (RE) is a vital subject in the inclusion of pupils and staff alike, as it brings together ways of life and communities, the personal and the social. Based on the philosophy of community of John Macmurray, and the philosophy of dialogue of Martin Buber, Julian Stern investigates ways of marking time, understanding and…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Music, Intercultural Communication, Inclusive Schools