Actively Seeking Inclusion: Pupils with Special Needs in Mainstream Schools


Using the accounts of mainstream pupils and pupils with SEN, the author explores the pupils' identities and experiences in relation to each other. In particular, mainstream pupils often function as "deciders" with regard to the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs. The book also shows how the pupils with SEN actively challenge these decisions and seek to influence perceptions of themselves and their inclusion experiences through the "practices of self". Existing texts tend to focus upon the practices of integration and inclusion, without much attention being paid to what inclusion means to young people. This book will prove invaluable in helping teachers achieve inclusion in the classroom.


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