From here to there and back again: the story of a mother, her son, disability, and school choice

Mann, Glenys (2015) From here to there and back again: the story of a mother, her son, disability, and school choice. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-12. doi:10.1080/13603116.2015.1122842

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Author Mann, Glenys
Title From here to there and back again: the story of a mother, her son, disability, and school choice
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5173
Publication date 2015-12-31
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2015.1122842
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Nelly and her children live in Queensland, Australia. When it came time for her second youngest son to start school, Nelly was not prepared for the difficulty that she had enrolling him at the school of her choice. In spite of her son's disability, Nelly thought that it was natural that he would go to his local school with his sister. It is not surprising that she expected this, given the legal and policy endorsement of inclusive education that exists in the Queensland education system. What unfolded in Nelly's life as she pursued this enrolment is the subject of this article. This is the story of a mother who believed in and hoped for inclusive schooling for her son but who found herself caught in a series of events and experiences which ultimately led to the decision to transfer him into a special school. This is also the story of how, disillusioned and regretful, she went on to undo that decision. Told primarily in Nelly's own words, this narrative provides a deep insight into one mother's efforts to exercise her parental authority, the difficulties she encountered in trying to do so, and the consequences for her son.
Keyword Narrative
Parents’ perceptions
School choice
parent–professional partnerships
Inclusive education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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