Engaging with the views of students to promote inclusion in education

Ainscow, M. and Messiou, K. (2018) Engaging with the views of students to promote inclusion in education. Journal of Educational Change, 19(1), pp. 1-17. (doi: 10.1007/s10833-017-9312-1)

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The argument developed in this paper is set within the context of an increasing global concern to promote inclusion in education. Drawing on the authors’ research over many years, it argues that an engagement with the views of students can lead to changes in understandings and practices that help to facilitate the development of more inclusive approaches in schools. At the same time, these experiences show how such processes can lead to ‘interruptions’ in the work of those in schools in ways that may challenge the status quo and sometimes lead to negative reactions. It is argued, however, that, under appropriate organisational conditions, such approaches can lead to dialogue between students and teachers that stimulates actions to promote inclusion in education. The paper concludes by outlining how such conditions can be promoted, focusing in particular on issues related to cultures and leadership.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ainscow, Professor Mel
Authors: Ainscow, M., and Messiou, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Journal of Educational Change
ISSN (Online):1573-1812
Published Online:18 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
First Published:First published in Journal of Educational Change 19(1):1-17
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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