A recipe for successful inclusive education: three key ingredients revealed

Gordon Porter


Inclusive education has been the subject of discussion among policy makers, educators and parents for more than 30 years. In this article a definition of inclusive education is suggested and the development of inclusion as a critical concept is described. The continuing gap between theory and practice is connected to the need for further action to make inclusive schooling a reality. Three key ingredients of a recipe to advance inclusive education are revealed: the commitment and capacity of teachers and parents; the linkage between implementing inclusive education strategies and school improvement; and finally, the power of peer relationships in inclusive classrooms.


Inclusion; School improvement; Peers; Education.

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