The Role Of Inclusivity In Education

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Academic discourse in education has illuminated several issues surrounding safety and equality in educational institutions. Emerging from this discourse is the concept of inclusivity and its importance in this globalized 21st century. The true benefits of inclusive educational policies have been recognized, not only for individuals, but also for the wider society, as these policies show that differences should be celebrated, encouraged, valued, and accepted. Sadovnik, Cookson, and Semel (2013) underscore the role of education as an agent of socialization, equipping students with the appropriate values, behaviours, knowledge, and skills for future success. Inclusive education is a positive force in shaping the consciousness of our future citizens to accept and value difference. Recognized as the third dimension of power in Lukes (2005) and Gaventa’s (1980) theoretical perspective, the shaping of consciousness secures compliance through the control of thoughts and desires (Fowler, 2012). The practices of inclusive education tackle issues of social justice, while encouraging a change in attitude towards those who may have been marginalized. Prevailing social issues such as these have particularly been associated with children and adolescence in schools over the last decade. Consequently, policymakers correct these social problems by providing information and corrective measures to resolve these ills through policies. One of the most prevalent issues in recent years is the
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