Inclusive education policies: discourses of difference, diversity and deficit

Hardy, Ian and Woodcock, Stuart (2014) Inclusive education policies: discourses of difference, diversity and deficit. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19 2: 141-164. doi:10.1080/13603116.2014.908965

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Author Hardy, Ian
Woodcock, Stuart
Title Inclusive education policies: discourses of difference, diversity and deficit
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5173
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2014.908965
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 164
Total pages 24
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Abstract This paper provides an analysis of inclusive education policies across international, and Anglo-American national and provincial/state jurisdictions to reveal how policies discursively construct inclusion under current, increasingly neoliberal conditions. In making this case, the paper draws upon primary UNESCO and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development policies, and a selection of key policies in United States, Canada, England and Australia. To explore whether and how these policies discursively encourage inclusion under such conditions, the paper employs a broadly critical policy sociology approach. The research reveals a disparate array of approaches to issues of inclusion within and across specific policy contexts. Fostering more systematic and supportive inclusive policies is possible and essential for promoting conditions for more genuinely inclusive educational practices, but a lack of attention to issues of inclusion in policy settings also reveals how more neoliberal conditions have also influenced policy production processes.
Keyword Inclusion
Inclusive education
Critical policy analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 29 April 2014

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