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What does the village need to raise a child with additional needs? Thoughts on creating a framework to support collective inclusion

Subban, Pearl; Woodcock, Stuart; Bradford, Brent; Romano, Alessandra; Sahli Lozano, Caroline; Kullmann, Harry; Sharma, Umesh; Loreman, Tim; Avramidis, Elias (2024). What does the village need to raise a child with additional needs? Thoughts on creating a framework to support collective inclusion. Teachers and Teaching, pp. 1-16. 10.1080/13540602.2024.2338398

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In this paper, a group of nine international scholars reflect on the collective responsibilities of stakeholders within inclusive educational settings. This reflection was prompted by the need to identify specific elements which would support intentional, collective responsibility to support authentic inclusion for all students. In order to engender this collectivist mindset, mirroring the metaphor of the nurturing village, the group conducted a qualitative study based on structured and semi-structured dialogue, written reflections and previously constructed research to inform a framework to support inclusivity more collectively. Results suggest that nurturing spaces, empathetic relationships, supportive networks and targeted teaching, all contribute to bona fide inclusion, especially if this responsibility is shared and cohesive. Data further revealed that inclusivity is a values-driven process which flourishes when all stakeholders subscribe to common values and tenets regarding socially just educational provision. The authors inculcate the village-mindset, a now popularly received notion, reinforcing the need for active and deliberate dialogue focusing on shared responsibilities and vision. In this paper, we intend to reiterate the need for educational systems which foster more collective, compassionate and nurturing inclusive practice in educational settings.

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Sahli Lozano, Caroline




Fabian Setz

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08 Apr 2024 12:04

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09 Apr 2024 10:33

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