Inclusive Theory and Practice in Special Education

Inclusive Theory and Practice in Special Education

Henriette van Rensburg (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Shirley O'Neill (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Release Date: January, 2020|Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 425
ISBN13: 9781799829010|ISBN10: 1799829014|EISBN13: 9781799829034|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2901-0


Inclusive education retains significant complexity associated with creating a definition, and there is significant importance within the surrounding narratives reflecting the broader definitions. Due to the flexibility within the definition, investigating current practices across an array of definitions becomes essential to developing best practices in special education.

Inclusive Theory and Practice in Special Education is an essential research book that examines current shifts in the field within the overarching philosophy of inclusion and inclusive education. It reports recent research that focuses on the experiences of teachers and students in classrooms and ways of enhancing the practices of inservice teachers and early career teachers, as well as the preparation of preservice teachers. Besides presenting research from these perspectives, it also addresses a selection of broader issues that impact on policy and curriculum, thus identifying related concerns, including those of the wider community. Highlighting a wide range of topics such as learning disabilities, student mobility, and early childhood education, this publication is ideal for researchers, professionals, administrators, curriculum designers, academicians, policymakers, and students.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Community Engagement
  • Curriculum
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Literacy
  • Pedagogy
  • Policy
  • Student Mobility
  • Teacher Education

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Shirley O’Neill is Professor of Language and Literacies in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education, and the Coordinator of the Applied Linguistics Discipline at the University of Southern Queensland. As an educator in pre-service teacher education she has a special interest in reading and writing, classroom dialogue, building students’ literacy and numeracy capacity and knowledge building. Her research and teaching includes learning and assessment, school improvement, GAMMA pedagogy, ESL/EFL learners, and service learning. She has extensive experience in research and evaluation, assessment and teaching/teacher professional development and has worked in schools in Australia and the UK, and in school review, curriculum and policy development, and student assessment state-wide. Dr O’Neill is founder and co-president of the International Society for Leadership in Pedagogies and Learning, and founder and Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed cross-disciplinary International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. The aim of the journal is to publish high quality research that focuses on the essence of pedagogy and related issues and trends. The society seeks to bring researchers and teachers together to improve pedagogy across sectors and disciplines within an ecological and sustainable development framework.