The last two decades have seen a marked increase in efforts to ensure accessibility at all levels of education, especially for people who traditionally may have been excluded, such as those with disabilities and special needs, immigrants/refugees, and those coming from different cultural, racial, religious, socioeconomic, gender and sexual backgrounds. Inclusion in education means that the educational needs of all learners are met and requires all stakeholders to work collaboratively. Strengthening inclusive education from ECD to post-school education addresses the inequalities still prevalent in many countries and discusses how to overcome them.
Strengthening inclusive education from ECD to post-school education takes the view that diversity is not a problem but rather an opportunity to learn. It analyses, assesses and critiques many of the current issues surrounding inclusive education, and provides suggestions for better practice in order to mitigate them.
Contents include the following:
· The role of government
· Effective strategies to combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices
· Widening participation and encouraging lifelong learning
· Fostering respect for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities
· Raising family awareness of the importance of including children with disabilities in mainstream schools
· Capabilities and contributions of people with disabilities
· Empowering students through the use of technology
· Teacher training
· The inclusion of indigenous knowledge
· Facilitating peer support and mentoring among learners
Strengthening inclusive education from ECD to post-school education is aimed at education students as well as researchers, policy makers, practitioners and families.
Section A: Policy implications in inclusive education
Chapter 1 Education for all: a barrier-free system from early childhood to post-school education
Chapter 2 Inclusive education: action beyond policies
Chapter 3 The role of government in implementing declarations and treaties on inclusive education
Chapter 4 Identification of barriers to learning from ECD to post-school education
Section B: Advocacy for inclusivity: ECD to post-school education
Chapter 5 Effective strategies to combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices in different sectors of the society for inclusive education
Chapter 6 Collaboration: a key for success from ECD to post-school education
Chapter 7 Inclusive education: a means for widening participation and lifelong learning
Chapter 8 Inclusive education: a means to foster respect for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities
Chapter 9 Raising family awareness of the importance of including children with disabilities in mainstream schools
Chapter 10 Capabilities and contributions of people with disabilities: an inclusive education perspective
Chapter 11 Nurturing receptiveness to the rights of all learners from ECD to post-school education
Chapter 12 Promoting positive perceptions and greater social awareness towards inclusive education
Section C: Best practices for inclusion: ECD to post-school education
Chapter 13 The role of governments in the implementation of declarations and treaties on inclusive education: lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
Chapter 14 Unity in action: building a society that upholds the right to education of all learners
Chapter 15 Empowering students and ensuring inclusiveness, equity and equality through ICT
Chapter 16 What does teacher training for inclusion entail?
Chapter 17 The infusion of indigenous knowledge systems in curriculum differentiation
Chapter 18 Facilitating peer support and mentoring among learners in inclusive education settings
Chapter 19 Ensuring completion of schooling through the achievement of the universal primary education goal
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