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