Inclusive Education

Making Sense of Everyday Practice

  • Vicky Plows
  • Ben Whitburn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Provocations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ben Whitburn, Vicky Plows
      Pages 3-11
    3. Kristine Black-Hawkins
      Pages 13-28
  3. Pushing Boundaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Ben Whitburn, Julianne Moss, Joanne O’mara
      Pages 31-43
    3. Amy Claughton
      Pages 45-59
    4. Ferdousi Anis, Julie White
      Pages 61-76
    5. Vicky Plows, Alison Baker
      Pages 77-94
    6. Olalekan Olagookun, Julie White
      Pages 95-105
    7. Coral Cara
      Pages 107-124
  4. Diverse Voices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Katina Zammit, Margaret Vickers
      Pages 127-139
    3. Jenene Burke, Alanna Bushby
      Pages 141-157
    4. Moya Elvey
      Pages 159-174
    5. Elga Andriana, David Evans
      Pages 175-193
    6. Gwen Gilmore
      Pages 195-211
  5. Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Suzanne Carrington
      Pages 233-248
    3. Tim Corcoran
      Pages 249-256

About this book


"Inclusive education has emerged internationally over the past thirty years as a way of developing democratic citizenship. Core to inclusive principles are that improved equity in education can only be achieved by eliminating the economic, cultural and physical barriers that currently impede learning for particular students.
To strengthen inclusive practice to this end inexorably requires that we attempt to make sense of it in its current form: to examine how it is enacted in educational settings from early childhood, schools, and communities and further and higher education; to contemplate the restrictions that it might inadvertently create; and to consider its effects on members of educational communities.
Contributions to this edited collection represent diverse perspectives, yet share a commitment to challenging existing forms of educational marginalisation through policy, practice, theory and pedagogy. The chapters emerged from discussions at the inaugural Inclusive Education Summit that was held at Victoria University, Australia in 2015. They present research that was conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Spain and the UK—illustrating transnational interests and diverse approaches to practice.
Presented in four sections—provocations, pushing boundaries, diverse voices, and reflections, the chapters explore everyday practice across a range of contexts: from educating culturally and linguistically diverse, refugee, and/or socially and economically disadvantaged students, to issues of diversity brought about by and through gender, giftedness and disability. The book will appeal to academics, students and practitioners in disciplines including: education, sociology, social work, social policy, early childhood, disability studies, and youth studies."


Inclusive education Everyday practice Diversity Equity Marginalisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Vicky Plows
    • 1
  • Ben Whitburn
    • 2
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityAustralia

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