The Experience of Inclusion in Danish Schools - between Politicization and Pedagogical Ideals

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Abstract

Pedagogical practices such as inclusive education do not occur in a vacuum: they are situated in certain cultural-historical contexts and are partly constituted by these contexts. This chapter discusses inclusion in a Danish context from two separate but interrelated perspectives. Firstly, the notion of inclusive education in Danish educational policy and practice will be analyzed and discussed with an emphasis on the apparent alignment between the inclusive education agenda and the neoliberal policy call for excellence and accountability in Danish educational policy, which encompasses increased standardization, assessment and a tendency to reduce the notion of inclusion to a simple question of achievement. The chapter then discusses the societal experience of inclusion as being situated between politicization, where inclusive education can be viewed as an instrument for societal change, and pedagogical, philosophical, and ethical ideals. Furthermore, the chapter proposes that inclusive educational practice and policy in Denmark can be characterized by an unbalanced focus on the resource distribution and achievement rather than on students’ subjective sense of belonging. In this way, the chapter addresses the fundamental question inspired by Gert Biesta: what is inclusive education for?
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe SAGE Handbook of Inclusion and Diversity in Education
RedaktørerMatthew Schuelka, Christopher Johnstone, Gary Thomas, Alfredo Artiles
ForlagSAGE Publications
Publikationsdato26 okt. 2019
Kapitel28
ISBN (Trykt)9781526435552
StatusUdgivet - 26 okt. 2019
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