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Inclusion is dead: long live inclusion

Inclusion is dead: long live inclusion

Imray, Peter, author; Colley, Andrew (Teacher), author

Inclusion is Dead is a provocative polemic against the widely held notion that inclusion for all children and young people with SEN is both possible and desirable. For those with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), the authors argue, it is neither. Imray and Colley assert that the dominance of inclusion has meant that there has been no serious attempt to look at the educational difficulties faced by learners with PMLD and SLD. As a vision of egalitarianism and equality for all, they say, inclusion is dead. The authors controversially believe that unless education changes, it will remain as a disabling institution that does the exact opposite of its intention. The book presents the argument that theorists of inclusion have failed to provide practical solutions on how inclusion can be achieved when SLD and PMLD learners are involved, as well as discussing the drawbacks of the `inclusion for all argument'. With up-to-date references throughout, Inclusion is Dead will be an insightful read for teachers and SENCO trainers, as well as postgraduates and undergraduates studying courses on politics, philosophy and society

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Published London: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Peter Imray and Andrew Colley
ISBN: 1315280043, 9781315280042
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 125 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Series: Routledge focus
Subject: Mainstreaming in education.; Inclusive education.; Special education.; Education.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Routledge focus.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138241596


  1. 1. Setting the Scene  2. What is Educational Inclusion?  3. Current Perspectives and Practice  4. The Defining Learning Characteristics of PMLD and SLD  5. The Pedagogical Imperative  6. The Curriculum Imperative  7. The Capabilities Imperative  8. The Social Imperative  9. Conclusion  References