From Inclusion to Engagement: Helping Students Engage with Schooling Through Policy and Practice

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 14, 2011 - Education - 241 pages
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What is wrong with the practice of inclusive education? And what can be done to help schools and staff to become more effective in catering to the needs of the widest range of students? These questions are at the heart of From Inclusion to Engagement, a book which challenges the rhetoric that has come to dominate so much of the academic discourse on inclusive education.

The authors call for an immediate shift in focus from this destructive paradigm towards a more inclusive theoretical approach – one that favours research-based knowledge about what actually works. At the core of their argument is the concept of ‘educational engagement’, an approach that addresses the explicit social and educational experiences of students while avoiding the ideological barriers that often cloud our judgment. The book also presents the first comprehensive account of evidence-based interventions for promoting the educational engagement of students with – or at risk of developing – Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD).

From Inclusion to Engagement offers invaluable insights into how to meet the challenges of a complex issue and realise the full potential of inclusive education.


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Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria for Studies
The TeacherStudent Interface
Wholeschool Approaches and Support Systems
SmallScale On and OffSite Provision
Working with Parents
for students with SEBD
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Paul Cooper is Professor of Education at the University of Leicester and a Chartered Psychologist. He has lectured internationally and is Editor of The International Journal of Emotional Education. He has authored, co-authored, and edited many books relating to children with special needs, and in 2001 was joint winner of the TES/NASEN Book Award. Professor Cooper was also the editor of the quarterly journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties for 14 years.

Barbara Jacobs is a professional writer, lecturer, broadcaster and researcher, who has recently completed a late-life PhD on autistic intelligence, at the School of Education, University of Leicester.

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