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Prof Mel Ainscow - publications

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  • Ainscow, M., & Messiou, K. (2015). Responding to learner diversity: Student views as a catalyst for powerful teacher development?Teaching and Teacher Education, 51, 246-255. . Publication link: 9a52882d-f4b8-43f8-b944-29354622b3cc
  • Ainscow, M. (2015). Towards self-improving school systems: Lessons from a city challenge. (1st ed.) London: Routledge.. Publication link: 28f2da58-6147-486f-a1f1-54c71a456627
  • Ainscow, M., & Hargreaves, A. (2015). The top and bottom of leadership and change. Phi Delta Kappan, 97(3), 42-48. . Publication link: aeb25455-cf2e-4445-abed-6be64f6f4be1
  • Ainscow, M. (2015). Struggles for equity in education: The selected works of Mel Ainscow. (1st ed.) (World Library of Educationalists). London: Routledge.. Publication link: fcadfad4-32b7-47cc-810e-fad555548d6a


  • Ainscow, M. (2014). Struggling for equity in education: The legacy of Salamanca. In F. Kiuppis, & R. S. Hausstätter (Eds.), Inclusive Education Twenty Years after Salamanca. . (pp. 41-56). Peter Lang Publishing. . Publication link: 6105f5da-0a86-4f3c-ac28-63529132b5df


  • Ainscow, M., Farnsworth, V. (Ed.), & Solomon, Y. (Ed.) (2013). Developing more equitable education systems: reflections on a three-year improvement initiative. In Reframing Educational Research: Resisting the 'what works' agenda. (pp. 77-89). London: Routledge. . Publication link: 56e28378-56de-43a3-bda1-9ec117cd31b0
  • Ainscow, M., & Florian, L. (Ed.) (2013). From special education to effective schools for all: a review of progress so far. In The Sage Handbook of Special Education (Forthcoming). (2nd ed., pp. 146-159). London: Sage. . Publication link: 3dbb8de3-119e-4894-be9d-8966f3890db7



  • Ainscow, M., & Miles, S. (2011). Responding to diversity in schools. London: Routledge.. Publication link: 43ef7c9a-b955-4fc6-ad5e-91962f79ee3b
  • Eliadou, A., Miles, S. (Ed.), & Ainscow, M. (Ed.) (2011). Using children’s drawing to explore barriers to inclusion in Cyprus. In Responding to diversity in schools, An inquiry-based approach. (1 ed., pp. 19-31). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. . Publication link: 44c686d9-a068-4c81-8885-e2173acc7a3e


  • Muijs, D., West, M., & Ainscow, M. (2010). Why network? Theoretical perspectives on networking. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 21(1), 5-26. DOI: 10.1080/09243450903569692. Publication link: 9aec655e-ca39-4e34-b33e-c749ccc7fa69
  • Muijs, D., Ainscow, M., Dyson, A., Raffo, C., Goldrick, S., Kerr, K., ... Miles, S. (2010). Leading under pressure: Leadership for social inclusion. School Leadership and Management, 30(2), 143-157. DOI: 10.1080/13632431003663198. Publication link: b7ee537f-550b-436c-99c4-822f0867fb2f
  • Ainscow, M., & Sandill, A. (2010). Developing inclusive education systems: The role of organisational cultures and leadership. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14(4), 401-416. DOI: 10.1080/13603110802504903. Publication link: e901c648-6175-4f5a-b020-033c8ce44666
  • Ainscow, M., & Huber, S. (2010). Improving schools in Hong Kong: a description of the improvement model and some reflections on its impact on schools, teachers and school principals. In School leadership - International Perspectives. London: Springer Verlag. . Publication link: 983bfe4a-d356-4b9a-a3e7-70912849a529
  • Hargreaves, A., Lieberman, A., Ainscow, M., Fullan, M., & Hopkins, D. (2010). Making sure every child matter: enhancing equity within education systems. In Second international handbook of educational change. London: Springer Verlag. . Publication link: 796a8619-d7c1-4136-8610-2a03230cca1f
  • Ainscow, M. (2010). Achieving excellence and equity: Reflections on the development of practices in one local district over 10 years. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 21(1), 75-92. DOI: 10.1080/09243450903569759. Publication link: 4e5aa342-f706-4ad3-98a9-4cb999c2d9a8


  • Ainscow, M., Chapman, C., & Gunter, G. M. (2009). ) Using research to foster equity and inclusion within the context of New Labour educational reforms. In Radical reforms: perspectives on an era of educational change. London: Routledge. . Publication link: 68908858-02d8-4095-b099-1d0ff901b44f




  • Ainscow, M., Muijs, R. D., & West, M. (2006). Collaboration as a strategy for improving schools in challenging circumstances. Improving Schools, 9, 3, 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/1365480206069014. Publication link: f6b3b138-4e91-4067-aa02-51159bf0e277
  • Ainscow, M., Howes, A. J., & West, M. (Ed.) (2006). Collaboration with a city-wide purpose: making paths for sustainable educational improvement. In Improving Urban Schools: Leadership and Collaboration. Open University Press. . Publication link: fe8185f0-bdf2-4a44-9803-135fd4b84718
  • Ainscow, M., Booth, T., Dyson, A., Farrell, P., Frankham, J., Gallannaugh, F., ... Smith, R. (2006). Improving schools, developing inclusion. London: Routledge.. Publication link: 9e3af663-a90d-418c-b6c7-08fd02eb2589
  • Ainscow, M., & Cigman, R. (Ed.) (2006). Towards a more inclusive education system: where next for special schools? In Included or Excluded? The challenge of the mainstream for some SEN children. Routledge. . Publication link: ac5a23be-b2a0-44b6-a306-6cbd8c6a99d4
  • Ainscow, M., Dyson, D., & Kerr, K. (2006). A 'pivotal moment?' Education policy in England 2005. In Social Policy Review 18: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2006. Policy Press. . Publication link: df1e2ef9-2025-490c-9afb-0b289ee230bf
  • Humphrey, N., & Ainscow, M. (2006). Transition club: Facilitating learning, participation and psychological adjustment during the transition to secondary school. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 21(3), 319-331. DOI: 10.1007/BF03173419. Publication link: e7c280af-3244-4c4a-9098-ad74597d3122
  • Ainscow, M. (2006). Looking to the future: towards a common sense of purpose. Australian Journal of Special Education, in press. DOI: 10.1080/1030011050290209. Publication link: ea4350ad-c6a6-43a0-82c9-469b5f47752a
  • Ainscow, M., & Florian, L. (Ed.) (2006). From special education to effective schools for all: a review of progress so far. In The Handbook of Special Education. Sage. . Publication link: 52d89343-6fc4-445d-aa7e-5189ebd93aea
  • Ainscow, M., Booth, T., & Dyson, A. (2006). Inclusion and the standards agenda: Negotiating policy pressures in England. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 10(4-5), 295-308. DOI: 10.1080/13603110500430633. Publication link: 765b029f-d217-4727-a617-9a52986216a4
  • Ainscow, M., Howes, A. J., & West, M. (Ed.) (2006). Leading developments in practice: barriers and possibilities. In Improving Urban Schools: Leadership and Collaboration. Open University Press. . Publication link: 8eda9f46-eaff-4a32-bd0c-a00b4a1ed355
  • Ainscow, M. (2006). Making education inclusive: how should the task be conceptualised? (in Catalan). Suports, 10 (1). . Publication link: 9d5a9c61-0862-4626-aacf-803045f23f56
  • Ainscow, M., Howes, A., Tweddle, D., West, M. (Ed.), & Ainscow, M. (Ed.) (2006). Moving practice forward at the district level. In Improving Urban Schools: Leadership and Collaboration. Open University Press. . Publication link: 9bdf6d8e-299e-4f13-b361-6584f4adc0a4
  • Ainscow, M., & César, M. (2006). Inclusive education ten years after Salamanca: Setting the agenda. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 21(3), 231-238. DOI: 10.1007/BF03173412. Publication link: 2883f5a3-c2d5-47fe-89f7-7a83602e52f1
  • Gunter, H. M., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & West, M. (Ed.) (2006). Confounding stereotypes: risk, resilience and achievement. In Leading Improvements in Urban Schools. London: OUP. . Publication link: 22ae3465-916e-430d-a364-b286bb75847b
  • Ainscow, M., & West, M. (2006). Improving Urban Schools: Leadership and Collaboration. Open University Press.. Publication link: 083e1ad9-a88e-4314-a3c7-eb06b3f66251


  • Ainscow, M., West, M., & Harris, A. (Ed.) (2005). Learning from difference: some reflections on school improvement projects in three countries. In International Developments in School Improvement. Continuum. . Publication link: c4578a94-5359-40bd-88b4-377db4d1a000
  • Ainscow, M., & Miles, S. (2005). Education for all: the challenge for Special Education. Hong Kong Journal of Special Education, 7, 1. . Publication link: b86bb4ec-7094-45b0-913f-deb1ffbfafc5
  • Ainscow, M. (2005). Using evidence to encourage inclusive school development: possibilities and challenges. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 29, 2, 12-21. DOI: 10.1080/1030011050290203. Publication link: bc36bab8-edee-41da-80df-c464b25cc9f6
  • Nicolaidou, M., & Ainscow, M. (2005). Understanding failing schools: Perspectives from the inside. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 16(3), 229-248. DOI: 10.1080/09243450500113647. Publication link: b37b5b1b-d6c3-4212-bfb2-dbd66603af2b
  • Ainscow, M., West, M., Nicolaidou, M., & Clarke, C. (Ed.) (2005). Putting our heads together: a study of headteacher collaboration as a strategy for school improvement. In Improving Schools in Difficulty. Continuum. . Publication link: e607aa67-f8bf-4491-a4c9-f4fd95f1d468
  • West, M., Ainscow, M., & Stanford, J. (2005). Sustaining improvement in schools in challenging circumstances: A study of successful practice. School Leadership and Management, 25(1), 77-93. DOI: 10.1080/1363243052000317055. Publication link: 1fb2b179-e9b6-4bf6-bd58-2d8405ea35db
  • Ainscow, M. (2005). Developing inclusive education systems: What are the levers for change?Journal of Educational Change, 6(2), 109-124. DOI: 10.1007/s10833-005-1298-4. Publication link: 354a4e71-69e6-49b3-8299-12ee59f7444c
  • Ainscow, M., & Kugelmass, J. (2005). Leading inclusive schools: a comparison of practices in three countries. Journal of Research in Special Needs Education, 4 (3). . Publication link: 4fbbb87d-3b6a-4816-9517-d6481b945dd2
  • Ainscow, M., & Kaplan, I. (2005). Leadership for inclusion: overcoming barriers to progress. Australian Journal of Special Education, in press. . Publication link: 8ea541a4-80f4-45fb-94ca-9dbcf6352bc4
  • Ainscow, M., & Fox, S. (2005). Leadership, behaviour and learning: a study of the development of practice. Cognition and Education, in press. . Publication link: 89c63673-bbad-4720-af1c-d16e48fdaad1



  • Ainscow, M., Howes, A., Farrell, P., & Frankham, J. (2003). Making sense of the development of inclusive practices. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 18(2), 227-242. DOI: 10.1080/0885625032000079005. Publication link: 707412b2-d1d7-43b4-9e58-83cf18ca6598
  • Ainscow, M., Nicolaidou, M., & West, M. (2003). Supporting schools in difficulties: the role of school-to-school cooperation. NFER Topic, 30. . Publication link: 9972cba6-241c-4e07-be8c-a3b955693173
  • Chapman, C., Ainscow, M., Harris, A., Stoll, L., Russ, J., & Nicolaidou, M. (2003). Improving Schools in challenging Circumstances: Lessons from contemporary research in England. In International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement.. Publication link: 458e4182-9f49-497e-baa3-53ea906f0127


  • Hollanders, H., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Pastoral care, inclusion and counselling. In Making special education inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: 1b16f062-d507-4b3e-8623-4543cb6c9673
  • Farrell, P., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Making special education inclusive: from research to practice. Fulton.. Publication link: 4e22cd70-3717-411b-8033-a3e9fde5c9b5
  • Farrell, P., Balshaw, M., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Can teaching assistants make special education inclusive? In Making special education inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: 533085b4-caf5-41df-8eb4-5ee8a40cfd79
  • Polat, F., Kalambouka, A., Boyle, W. F., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Building Tomorrow Together: Effective Transition Planning for Pupils With Special Needs. In Making Special Education Inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: e16bc67e-42ae-4454-ae9d-81fb76e85593
  • Prevett, P., Davis, P. S., Hopwood, V., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Strategies for including children with visual impairment in the mainstream primary school. In Making Special Education Inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: cc7b0fa4-3d21-47bf-906b-a03c9993e91a
  • Parkinson, G., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Interdisciplinary support for children with epilepsy in mainstream schools. In Making Special Education Inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: c9c1f240-7941-48c0-a0d1-3678908e8fda
  • Frankham, J., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), Farrell, P. (Ed.), & P., . U. (Ed.) (2002). Inclusive education and lesbian and gay young people. In Making special education inclusive: From research to practice. David Fulton. . Publication link: cafd739e-4203-4711-9ca3-21b509586d4a
  • Woods, K. A., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). What do we mean when we say dyslexia and what difference does it make anyway? In Making Special Education Inclusive. Fulton. . Publication link: b90e23fc-23bd-41dd-a07b-a97b00c39a59
  • Carson, I., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). An inclusive society? One young man with learning difficulties doesn't think so! In Making Special Education Inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: f2f39a73-2444-40d6-af5a-a43eee19814f
  • Miles, S., Ainscow, M. (Ed.), & Farrell, P. (Ed.) (2002). Learning about inclusive education: the role of EENET in promoting international dialogue. In Making special education inclusive. David Fulton. . Publication link: f16b5e77-2f73-4f54-ad5e-164844287eeb