Difference and the discourse of inclusion

Preece, J. (1999) Difference and the discourse of inclusion. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 1(2), pp. 16-23. (doi:n/a)

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Social Exclusion is now a most frequently used term to describe the situation of people who for one reason or another do not appear to be partaking in mainstream education and training. Whilst the intention of the terminology is to ‘avoid blaming the victim’ (Brine 1999), this paper argues that part of the exclusion problem lies in the definition of social exclusion itself. Consequently, normalising ideologies for creating inclusion only partially address the problem. The paper refers to the life histories of thirty adult learners from a range of marginalised social groups to demonstrate that exclusion is a complex process to which all sectors of society contribute. Inclusive strategies for educational participation require recognition of social difference and also of the complexities of personal identities which may require more than a process of simply raising expectations amongst the marginalised in order to ensure equitable inclusion.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Preece, Professor Julia
Authors: Preece, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Publisher:Open University, Centre for Widening Participation
ISSN (Online):2045-2713
Published Online:25 May 2010
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