Inclusion and equity in education: making sense of global challenges

Ainscow, M. (2020) Inclusion and equity in education: making sense of global challenges. Prospects, 49(3-4), pp. 123-134. (doi: 10.1007/s11125-020-09506-w)

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This article provides an introductory commentary to the papers in this Prospects special issue on inclusive education. In so doing, it stresses the need to be cautious as we read accounts of inclusive education from other parts of the world: whilst lessons can undoubtedly be learned from the accounts in this special issue, they must be adopted with care. There is no doubt that evidence of various kinds can help in identifying the barriers facing some learners and the resources that can be used to overcome these difficulties. However, efforts to promote inclusion and equity within education systems should be based on an analysis of particular contexts. To that end, this article outlines a research-based framework that can be used to carry out such contextual analyses. The article concludes by arguing that an emphasis on inclusion and equity can potentially improve the quality of education for all young people within a national education system.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ainscow, Professor Mel
Authors: Ainscow, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Prospects
ISSN (Online):1573-9090
Published Online:17 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Prospects 49(3-4): 123-134
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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