Inclusive Education Across Cultures: Crossing Boundaries, Sharing Ideas
By: Vianne Timmons (editor), Mithu Alur (editor)Hardback
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This comprehensive collection provides a global perspective on inclusive education. The existing literature delves into whether inclusive practice is about educating children with disabilities or children from diverse backgrounds. The articles in this compilation assert that it is both. Inclusive Education Across Cultures: Crossing Boundaries, Sharing Ideas brings together multiple perspectives to present a compelling case for inclusive practice in different areas of inclusive education, ranging from policy initiatives to practices on the ground level, and advocating and creating awareness. The articles present examples that are explicitly disability-focussed and at the same time present a vision of inclusion that is about societal reform. These articles provide a voice to the people living with disabilities and enable us to learn from their stories. They not only provide theoretical information, but also connect theory and practice by discussing implemented models and practical resources. This work will be a valuable resource material for all those involved in the study of education, social work and psychology.
Mithu Alur is the founder chairperson of the Spastics Society of India (SSI) and the movement that began in 1972 and spread to 16 of the 31 states. Her work was honoured by the government when the organization received the Best Voluntary Agency Award in 1987; she received the Padmashri in 1989. She has played several roles as a parent, an educationist, a social reformer and an academic activist. The findings of her doctoral thesis on policy in India were entitled 'Invisible Children: A Study of Policy Exclusion'. The findings of this study led her to set up the National Resource Centre for Inclusion, an Indo-Canadian initiative to move away from segregation to inclusive education. She has published numerous articles and research studies on children with special needs. She is principal coordinator of the National Resource Centre for Inclusion and convener of the All India Regional Alliance for Inclusive Education as well as the Asia Pacific Alliance for Inclusive Education. She heads the Indian team of UNESCO's Four Nation Study and has been the conceptualizer of the North South Dialogues. She has been appointed as member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE). Vianne Timmons is the vice president, academic development, at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She has served as dean of education at the University of Prince Edward Island and chair for the Department of Education at St Francis Xavier University. Editor of the journal Exceptionality Education Canada, Dr Timmons is also a member of the National Centre of Excellence, Language and Literacy, the lead education trainer for the National Resource Centre for Inclusion-India funded by CIDA, and is an officer and board member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. Her present research focuses on family literacy in rural communities, aboriginal children, inclusion of children with special needs and knowledge exchange. Dr Timmons conducts workshops for teaching and presents her work nationally and internationally.
Foreword - Seamus Hegarty Preface Introduction - Mithu Alur and Vianne Timmons PART ONE: EMPOWERMENT AND POLITICAL SOCIAL ACTION: THE CHANGING CONTEXT FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION The Politics of Recognition and the Position of the Disability Movement - Len Barton Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion-From Isolation to Collaboration - Renu Singh Scaling up Inclusive Education: Reflections on Theory and the Practice of the National Resource Centre for Inclusion-India - Michael Bach Inclusive Education: Considerations for Policy and Systems Development - Cameron Crawford Rethinking Inclusive Education: Action Points for Communities - Sudesh Mukhopadhyay Empowerment and Political Social Action: The Policy Press - Mithu Alur Travelling with our Eyes Open: Models, Mantras and Analysis in New Times - Roger Slee Key Elements for Successful Inclusive Practice: Policy Change on a Macro Sustainable Level - Mithu Alur Keeping the Future Alive: Maintaining Inclusive Values in Education and Society - Tony Booth PART TWO: TOOLS FOR CHANGE Early Intervention and Inclusive Education - Mithu Alur and Marcia Rioux Early Intervention and Action Research - Urvashi Shah and Anuradha Sovani Action Research for Creating Inclusive Education - Felicity Armstrong, Michele Moore, Orlane Russell and Edina Schimanski Inclusion in the Real World: Practitioners Making Sense of Inclusive Education in Indian Classrooms - Nidhi Singal Inclusion and Education - Sheila Wirz and Sharmila Donde Inclusion in Post-secondary Education - Vianne Timmons PART THREE: COUNTRY PROFILES Inclusionary Practices in Canada - Beverly Gerg and Vianne Timmons Russia - Denise Roza Brazil: Binding Theoretical to the Practical - Monica Pereira dos Santos and Katia Regina Xavier da Silva Models of Inclusion: Bangladesh Experience - Shirin Z Munir and Sultana S Zaman Models of Inclusion: Germany - Andreas Hinz Inclusion Education: The South African Experience - Nikki Naylor PART FOUR: TOWARDS SELF-ADVOCACY Cultural Variations on the Construct of Self-Advocacy in the Indian Context - Maya Kalyanpur Families-The Cornerstone of Society: Building a Global Family Movement - Zuhy Sayeed Parents of Students Included in Mainstream Schools - Varsha Hooja Inclusion, Empowerment and the Vital Role of Disabled People and their Thinking - Richard Rieser Behind the Scenes Disability Advocacy - Raymond Lang and Alana Officer Society Creates a Norm and the Norm Excludes Disabled People - Malini Chib PART FIVE: PRACTICAL RESOURCES Inclusive Education for Children with Disability: Culturally Appropriate Policy and Practice (CAPP I, II, III) - Vianne Timmons and Mithu Alur Presenting an Inclusive Tool: Understanding Diversity - Usha Ramakrishnan and S Anandalakshmy Conclusion - Mithu Alur and Vianne Timmons Index
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