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South African Journal of Education

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NGCOBO, Jabulani  and  MUTHUKRISHNA, Nithi. The geographies of inclusion of students with disabilities in an ordinary school. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.3, pp. 357-368. ISSN 0256-0100.

With the release of Education White Paper 6: Special Needs Education - Building an Inclusive Education and Training System the issue of inclusive schooling has formed a growing part of the education debate in South Africa. There have been inclusive education pilot projects undertaken by the national and provincial education departments and various school-based initiatives that have engaged with inclusive education policy implementation. This study explored one school-based initiative that aimed to include children with disabilities and implement the imperatives of Education White Paper 6. The research participants were five teachers and the school principal. Data collection techniques included in-depth semi-structured interviews, non-participant observations in classrooms and document analysis. The findings in the study emphasize the importance of spatiality to understanding how ideological and structural forces impinge on a school that is grappling with the inclusion of students with disabilities. The study highlights how the everyday individual and cultural practices in the specific school spaces play out to reinforce dominant normalizing discourses of traditional forms of special education.

Keywords : children's geographies; disability; inclusive education; policy implementation; quality education for all; school spaces; teachers' ideologies.

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