Micro-politics of Inclusive Education: An Ethnography by Shareen BenjaminMicro-politics of Inclusive Education: An Ethnography by Shareen Benjamin

Micro-politics of Inclusive Education: An Ethnography

byShareen Benjamin

Paperback | October 16, 2002

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"This book is sustained and significant in its argument, complex in its analysis and highly original. It is extremely well written and a pleasure to read stylistically as well as sociologically." - Professor Sheila Riddell, Director, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow.

"Shereen Benjamin's work opens up new ways of thinking about learning difficulties. This beautifully written book explores the school lives and identities of young women who find school work extraordinarily difficult for a range of reasons. It is a book to read, and read again for the rich vein of thinking about schooling and special needs that it opens up. All who are involved in teaching, policy making or school management and who are concerned about these young people should read it." - Professor Debbie Epstein, Head of the Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

* How is 'inclusive education' being translated into practice at school and classroom level?

This book is a detailed account and analysis of students' experiences of 'inclusion' in a girls' comprehensive school. It uses theories associated with feminist post-structuralism to explain and critique the micro/political processes through which students identified as having 'special educational needs' make sense of the school and of themselves as school students. Central to the argument of the book is a critical engagement with current notions of school effectiveness and school improvement. The Micropolitics of Inclusive Education looks at how governmental policy initiatives - on school improvement and SEN/inclusion - are translated into practice by the school, and at how this practice is lived and understood by the girls. The book also explores the significance of multiple sites of difference - including social class, race, gender/sexuality and physical appearance - in the girls' schooling experiences. This book shows how 'effective' schooling can have unintended and inegalitarian effects for some of the most vulnerable students in schools, and unravels some of the complexities facing students and teachers as schools move towards inclusive education.
Shereen Benjamin has worked as a class teacher in mainstream primary and in special schools, and as a learning support teacher in a mainstream secondary school. She is currently lecturing in the Inclusive and Special Education division at the University of Birmingham
Title:Micro-politics of Inclusive Education: An EthnographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.09 × 6.02 × 0.43 inPublished:October 16, 2002Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335210481

ISBN - 13:9780335210480

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Table of Contents

Producing inclusion?
student identity work and the micro/politics of 'special educational needs'
Will you put this in your book?
researching with 'special needs students'
Beacon schooling and the construction of 'success'
SEN, inclusion, and the elision of failure
The micro/politics of student identity work in year seven
The micro/politics of student identity work in year eleven
Making the grade
exams and the 'consolation' discourse of success
'Success' and the autistic spectrum
the 'really disabled' discourse
School effects, sustainable change and the redistribution of 'success'
re-thinking inclusive education for the 21st century