the publication in 2007 of the first edition of this seminal work, the broader
concept of inclusive education has become well established in many African
countries. The editors believe it is time to look carefully at the successes
and concerns associated with inclusive education in southern Africa (South
Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, and Lesotho) and to highlight strategies
that have been shown to increase the likelihood of success.
new edition presents readers with cultural-historical contexts and the voices that
emerge from them, together with insights into challenges and opportunities associated
with inclusive education in southern African contexts. The first section of the
book describes a number of such contexts and reviews progress to date. The
second section focuses on strategies to respond to, circumvent or reframe the challenges
that have been identified. These include changing the discourses on diverse
learning needs, facilitating institutional change, creating new collaborative partnerships,
involving parents, moving towards teacher education for inclusion, thinking
differently about education support, understanding how the curriculum can
contribute to exclusion and developing inclusive pedagogy within the southern
African context. The discussion of these strategies links evidence from international
and local research with the unique characteristics of particular contexts and
illustrates how ideas can be put into practice in creative ways.
addition to providing an academic update, this text will be of practical value to
teachers, learning support personnel and administrators, and indeed, anyone interested
in promoting inclusive education.
Professor Petra Engelbrecht is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education Sciences,
North-West University, Potchefstroom campus and Emeritus Professor of
Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, England. Her research focuses on
equity in education with specific reference to the implementation of inclusive education
in diverse cultural-historical contexts and she has published extensively in
Professor Lena Green is
Extraordinary Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of the Western
Cape and a practising educational psychologist. She has studied and taught in
the field of cognitive development and enhancement for the past 20 years. Her
research focuses on ways of introducing cognitive education in all classrooms
for all learners.
Part I Exploring and understanding
Contextualising inclusive education in southern Africa
Chapter 2 Inclusive
education in Botswana
Chapter 3 Inclusive
education in Lesotho
Chapter 4 Inclusive
education in Malawi
Chapter 5 Inclusive
education in Namibia
Chapter 6 Inclusive
education in South Africa
Chapter 7 Inclusive
education in Zimbabwe
Part II Key strategies in
responding to challenges
Introducing key strategies in response to the
challenges of inclusive education
Chapter 9 Changing
public and professional discourse
Understanding and working with change
Chapter 11 The
curriculum as a possible source of exclusion
Inclusive pedagogy within the southern African context
Chapter 13 Teacher
education for inclusion
Chapter 14 Thinking
differently about education support
Chapter 15 Creating
collaborative partnerships in inclusive schools
Increasing parental recognition and engagement
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