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EDUC6458 Inclusive Practices in Education

Module Overview

Educational systems and contexts today have to respond to an increasingly diverse population of learners. This module allows participants to explore ways of reaching out to all learners, in varied educational contexts, with the aim being to enable all learners to reach their full potential and achieve satisfactory outcomes. There will be a strong emphasis on finding ways to develop inclusive practices to meet the needs of all learners, including those defined as having special educational needs, travellers, those from low social backgrounds, from ethnic minorities etc.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to: - Develop students’ critical understanding of inclusion in various settings and in different contexts. - Enable students to demonstrate knowledge of the central theoretical and practical concepts related to inclusion developed thorough scholarship and appropriate research evidence. - Enable students to build knowledge and capability to create, sustain and further develop opportunities and outcomes for all learners in educational context.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain with an informed perspective the meanings of inclusive education in different contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of teaching, learning and organisational strategies which help cultivate and maintain inclusion.
  • Systematically evaluate the use of data and evidence for supporting arguments about issues of inclusion.
  • Assess the nature and impact of recent and current research in education and social sciences, and reflect on their use and limitations in strategic planning and resource management


In this module we will explore the concept of inclusive education and how this is understood in various contexts. We will focus on traditionally marginalised groups of students, such as those defined as having special educational needs, those coming from poor backgrounds and learners from certain ethnic minorities, and explore how we can develop inclusive practices for all in schools and other contexts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will use amix of lectures and seminars along with directed reading and suggested additional research. The focus will be on small group discussions using interactive activities. There will also be opportunities for small presentations for gaining formative feedback in preparation for the assignment.

Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Follow-up work12
Wider reading or practice76
Completion of assessment task70
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Corbett, J. (2001). Supporting Inclusive Education.. 

Swann, M. Peacock, A, Hart, S. and Drummond, M.J. (2012). Creating Learning without Limits. 

Ainscow, M. (2015). Towards self-improving school systems: Lessons from a city challenge. 

Armstrong, A.C., Armstrong, D. and Spandagou, I. (2010). Inclusive Education: International Policy and Practice.. 

Booth, T. and Ainscow, M. (1998). From Them to Us: An international study of Inclusion in Education. 

Ainscow, M., Dyson, A., Hopwood, L., and Thomson, S. (2016). Primary Schools Responding to Diversity: barriers and possibilities.. 

Fielding, M. (2001). Students as radical agents of change. Journal of Educational Change. ,2 , pp. 123-141.

Nieto, S (2010). The light in their eyes. 

Rudduck, J. and McIntyre, D (2007). Improving Learning through Consulting Pupils. 

Slee, R. (2011). The Irregular School. 

Messiou, K. (2012). Confronting marginalisation in education: A framework for promoting inclusion.. 

Hart, S. Dixon, A. Drummond M.J. and MnIntyre, D. (2004). Learning without Limits. 

Ladson-Billings, G. & Gillborn, D.. The Routledge Falmer Reader in Multicultural Education. 

Ainscow, M. (1999). Understanding the Development of Inclusive Schools. 

Ainscow, M. Booth, T & Dyson, A (2006). Improving Schools, Developing Inclusion. 

Slee, R. (2001). Social Justice and the changing directions in educational research: the case of inclusive education. International Journal of Inclusive Education. ,5 , pp. 167-177.

Miles, S. and Ainscow, M. (2011). Responding to diversity in schools: An inquiry based approach. 

Nind, M. Sheehy, K and Simmons, K (2003). Inclusive Education: Learners and Learning Contexts.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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