Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education Examining Equity on Five Continents

Edited by Alfredo J. Artiles, Elizabeth B. Kozleski, and Federico R. Waitoller
cloth, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-116-1
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paper, 320 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-115-4
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Despite the impressive growth of inclusive education around the world, questions and considerations about equity have been neglected. This edited volume makes a major contribution to the field of inclusive education by analyzing equity concerns that have emerged from the implementation of inclusive education models in nine nations on five continents.


The discourse of inclusion in the United States has clung to thin examinations of professional practices and standardized notions of student deficits. This volume offers a thoughtful remedy by exploring the cultural and political dimensions that contribute to the construction of human difference in a variety of local contexts. Appreciated in contextual complexity, inclusion is much more than a question of disability and accommodation. It presses us to question our highest purposes and hopes for schooling. — Scot Danforth, professor and director, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University

At a time when most countries are struggling to develop more equitable education systems, this book provides a rich and valuable resource of ideas. Drawing on accounts of developments in diverse countries, the volume is unusual in the way that it conceptualizes inclusive education as being about a broad range of groups that are vulnerable to marginalization, exclusion, and low achievement. — Mel Ainscow, professor, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

This powerful collection of cross-cultural analyses penetrates the dilemma of implementing inclusion and equity within the contexts of vastly differing cultures and histories. Unique in its range of empirical and theoretical perspectives, Inclusive Education persuades us that, while it is impossible to devise a one-size-fits-all model of inclusion, the hallmark of education in the twenty-first century must be a global commitment to the search for equity. — Beth Harry, professor and chair, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami

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About the Editors

Alfredo J. Artiles is a professor of culture, society, and education in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

Elizabeth B. Kozleski is a professor of culture, society, and education at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation.

Federico R. Waitoller is an assistant professor in the Special Education Department at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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