A critical interrogation of integration, special educational needs and inclusion

Jonathan Glazzard

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    Abstract

    In this article I have focused on presenting the key literature which has shaped my personal thinking and values around inclusion. Throughout the article I draw on the perspectives of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who I have referred to as Jane. The perspectives are taken from a complete life history account which formed the basis of my doctoral research. To produce the narrative Jane documented her personal reflections over a period of time. I have interwoven specific extracts from the narrative throughout this article to illustrate the points raised in the literature.
    I start the article by exploring the discourses of integration and inclusion. I then draw upon Foucault’s ‘box of tools’ (Foucault, 1977a) to deconstruct the discourses associated with special educational needs and inclusion. Following this, I offer a critical analysis of the current discourses of inclusion by examining the relationship between inclusion and the marketisation of education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-47
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research
    Volume15
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

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