Using evidence to encourage inclusive school development: possibilities and challenges

Ainscow, M. and Kaplan, I. (2005) Using evidence to encourage inclusive school development: possibilities and challenges. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 29(2), pp. 106-116. (doi: 10.1080/1030011050290203)

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Recent research suggests that inquiry‐based approaches can be powerful in stimulating the development of inclusive practices. However, the implementation of such approaches can be difficult, particularly in contexts where there is a strong emphasis on improving standards, as measured by test and examination scores. This article describes and reflects on the authors’ experiences in working with staff in an English secondary school. It illustrates how the use of evidence, particularly the views of students themselves, can be a powerful lever for change. The paper argues that the successful use of such approaches will depend on forms of leadership that foster a willingness to address the challenges that emerge as a result of listening to the voices of different people.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ainscow, Professor Mel
Authors: Ainscow, M., and Kaplan, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Australasian Journal of Special Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1030-0112

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