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Bursting bubbles: Marrying general and special education reforms

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Ferguson begins this article with what she describes as 2 "small slice(s) of teaching life" which beautifully capture what Inclusion really means. On page two she analyses these two illustrations and in the process redefines inclusive education, moving from seeing it as a technical process aimed at students with disabilities, to an essential and dynamic 'whole-of-education' reform process (that is, the move from a special ed. initiative to systemic inclusion). Ferguson then provides an historical analysis of Inclusion, details some of the education reform efforts needed to influence the new broader conception of Inclusion, and finally describes the features of 'systemic inclusion'. She is very clear about what 'systemic inclusion' is and what it isn't (providing very good examples of both). NB. See also File No.'s 10589, 10606 and 10607. Keyword: Education, School age

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Ferguson, Dianne
University of Oregon, Schools Project
Publication Date
1 January 1994
Education, School age
United States

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