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Does it really take a village to raise a child? Reflections on the need for collective responsibility in inclusive education

Subban, Pearl; Bradford, Brent; Sharma, Umesh; Loreman, Tim; Avramidis, Elias; Kullmann, Harry; Sahli Lozano, Caroline; Romano, Alessandra; Woodcock, Stuart (2022). Does it really take a village to raise a child? Reflections on the need for collective responsibility in inclusive education. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 38 (2), pp. 291-302. 10.1080/08856257.2022.2059632

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Research in inclusive education reveals multiple studies that explore the efforts of individual stakeholders to create an equitable educational experience for students with disabilities. However, these individual efforts are often examined discretely, compartmentalising the contributions of various stakeholders. As a consequence, the complex interplay between these contributions has not been fully explored, with the capacity for a rich network of support being assumed rather than explicitly constructed. This report draws on the personal reflections of nine academics in the field of inclusive education from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Switzerland. Serving as both contributors and participants, this study draws together their personal interpretations and their expertise regarding the value of collective and collaborative inclusive education. Inductive thematic analysis of participant reflections yielded the view that stakeholders working together within an educational setting, offers more effective and appropriate opportunities to support learners with additional needs.

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Journal Article (Original Article)

PHBern Contributor:

Sahli Lozano, Caroline


[20 s 0002 06] Internationale Skalen zu Einstellungen und Selbstwirksamkeitserwartungen von Lehrpersonen gegenüber Inklusion (ISASI)




Jessica Brunner

Date Deposited:

13 Feb 2023 14:45

Last Modified:

27 Apr 2023 14:57

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Inclusive education, inclusive schools, school leadership, school community, village mindset




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