The Inclusion Delusion?: Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education by Aislinn O'DonnellThe Inclusion Delusion?: Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education by Aislinn O'Donnell

The Inclusion Delusion?: Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education

EditorAislinn O'Donnell

Paperback | November 28, 2014

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It may seem self-evident that a democratic society ought to develop inclusive institutions and an inclusive educational system, yet when we try to define what we understand by inclusion, its complexity becomes apparent. This book does not seek to diminish that complexity but aims to deepen our understanding of the idea and ideals of inclusion, as well as examining the presuppositions, values, aims and blind-spots associated with the language of inclusion. What do we mean by the concept? What normative assumptions underpin discourses of inclusion? What happens when we fail to think about the unintended consequences of including those who were previously excluded? Is there an implicit ideal of ‘normality’ at play? Does the concept of inclusion foreclose interrogation of patterns of privilege and power?
This book argues that in order to develop just and inclusive institutions we must begin from the standpoint of those who feel silenced, marginalised and excluded. Responding to the context of Irish education, it makes an important contribution to ongoing debates in Ireland and internationally about how institutions need to change if they are to become genuinely inclusive.
Aislinn O’Donnell lectures in Philosophy of Education at Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick). She is interested in democratising philosophy and developing collaborative forms of research and co-inquiry through philosophy and the arts. Her writing, teaching and research are influenced by her work in formal and informal sett...
Title:The Inclusion Delusion?: Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Aislinn O’Donnell: Introduction – Tony Bonfield: Inclusion and Educational Theory: Developing Broader Understandings – Eilís O’Sullivan: The Provision of Elementary Education in Munster: Inclusion at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century or Since? – Carol O’Sullivan: The Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum as an Agent of Inclusion in Twenty-First-Century Ireland – Claire Griffin: The Pursuit of Independence? Reconsidering the Role of the Special Needs Assistant in Inclusive Education – Marie Ryan: Time for Inclusion to Detach from ‘Differentiation’? Re-Looking at How Teachers Support Learner Differences in the Mainstream Classroom – Siobhán O’Sullivan/Susan Birch: Including Students with Challenging Behaviour: A Focus on the Implementation of Individualized Support – Suzanne Parkinson: ‘Inclusive’ Educational Policy in Ireland - An Illusory Quest? – Anne M. Dolan: Education for Sustainability: An Inclusive, Holistic Framework for Teacher Education – Claire W. Lyons: Applying the Developmental Perspective of Emerging Adulthood to Understanding Identity Development of Diverse College Students – Linda Grogan/Sandra Ryan: Including Pupils in the Assessment Process: Implications of Pupil Self-Assessment for Classroom Practice – Maeve Liston: ‘Science is just for «nerds»’? – Daniel O’Connell: Inclusion and Catholic Primary Schools: Some Issues Worth Considering – Patricia Kieran: ‘Fairness in our schools’? Weighing up the Recommendations of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector (2012) – Angela Canny: Teacher Identity: A Case for Inclusion? – Aislinn O’Donnell: Beyond Hospitality: Re-Imagining Inclusion in Education.

Editorial Reviews

«Unafraid of posing difficult questions and thoughtfully exploring a wide range of contexts in which inclusion matters, this volume enables a rethinking of what it means to practise, theorise and advocate for inclusion in education and society more broadly. Employing diverse philosophical perspectives, discourse theory and historical analysis, this book does more than cast a critical eye upon its subject, but also discusses and champions alternative models that compel us to reevaluate what it is we mean by inclusion and how it is we can go about achieving it. Simply put, it offers a fresh and honest appraisal of the many faces of inclusion and is a wonderful addition to contemporary debates in education.» (Sharon Todd, Professor of Education, Maynooth University, Ireland)