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Inclusive education: a case of beliefs competing for implementation

Show simple item record Pillay, Venitha 2017-05-19T14:16:22Z 2017-05-19T14:16:22Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Pillay, Venitha (2014) Inclusive education: a case of beliefs competing for implementation. South African Journal of Education, Volume 34, Number 3, August 2014 en
dc.identifier.issn 2076-3433
dc.description.abstract The study explored the understanding and implementation of inclusive education in an independent Jewish community school; a school with a community ethos of care and belonging, whose context is, by definition, exclusionary on the grounds of a particular social category – religion. However, this exclusionary agenda positioned the school as inclusive on the grounds of strong communal values. Nevertheless, the school struggled with difference and diversity despite its purportedly strong communal spirit and religious culture. Further, it is arguable that the challenges encountered by the school may be indicative of the emergent economic context of South Africa where aspiration is often thwarted by economic realities. This study relied on qualitative methods of data generation such as insider interviews, personal accounts and document analysis. The participants were drawn from four stakeholder groups, namely, teachers, parents, middle managers and top managers. Guided by Lewin’s theory of planned change, the study identified four belief systems which influenced the way inclusive education was both understood and practised in this school. The study argued for the recognition of the importance of different belief systems in the implementation of inclusion in South Africa. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject conditional inclusion en
dc.subject emergent economic contexts en
dc.subject inclusive education en
dc.subject Jewish community school en
dc.subject Kurt Lewin’s theory of planned change en
dc.title Inclusive education: a case of beliefs competing for implementation en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Educational Leadership and Management en

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