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Staff support for inclusion – an international study

Dr. Elisabeth Plate, 2012

PhD thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury

This is an ethnographic case study, investigating teacher responses to diversity in two primary schools, one in London and one in Berlin. It explores the cultures, policies and practices of the case study schools and the rationale for these; it focuses on how the active participation of staff affects the development of school-wide inclusive practices; it examines the roles and interactions of children and adults as they participate in the life of the school. The findings are discussed in relation to current notions of inclusion, and responses to diversity in education, both in the research literature and in policy documents, highlighting local, national and international differences, their mismatch with educational practice and resulting discriminatory effects.

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