BSc Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Inclusive Education in Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC21722
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


  • The language, history and discourses of inclusion internationally
  • National policy approaches to inclusion
  • Inclusion and successful whole school approaches to diversity
  • Parental involvement in successful learning
  • The role of advocacy and consumer groups in promoting inclusive education


  • Introduce students to the current issues discourses and policies that surround inclusive education
  • Familiarize students with strategies to support the learning of students with varied abilities and from diverse backgrounds
  • Study frameworks for responding to inclusive education, including SEN issues

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • analyse and discuss the social and legislative aspects of the area of inclusion and its general implications for whole school approaches
  • reflect on the discourses of disability and their impact on understandings of inclusive practice
  • study a range of educational settings, including early years, primary, secondary, higher education and lifelong learning
  • examine the theoretical and practical issues of the role of parents and carers in the provision of inclusive education

Intellectual skills

  • develop an ability to critically evaluate issues and developments in inclusive education

Practical skills

  • demonstrate an ability to construct a clear argument
  • construct an effective presentation

Transferable skills ans transferable qualities

  • assemble evidence from a range of sources to support an argument.

Teaching and learning methods

A seminar approach is adopted throughout, with a combination of lectures, group discussions and individual learning.

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Word Length or Equivalent

Weighting within unit


1000 word essay



3500 words essay



Group presentation


Recommended reading


Detailed lists of reading on specific issues will be provided each week.  The following is a list of some key publications.

Ainscow, M. (2016) Struggles for equity in education: The selected works of Mel Ainscow. London: Routledge (World Library of Educationalists series)

Benjamin, S. (2002) The Micropolitics of Inclusive Education, OUP.

Carpenter, B., Ashdown, R. and Bovair, K. (1996) Enabling Access, David Fulton.

Clark, C., Dyson, A. and Milward, A. (1995) Towards Inclusive Education, David Fulton.

Cole, B. (2004) Mother-Teachers: Insights into Inclusion, David Fulton.

Corbett, J. (2001) Supporting Inclusive Education. A Connective Pedagogy, Routledge-Falmer.

Greenstein, A. (2015) Radical Inclusive Education. Disability, teaching and struggles for liberation. London: Routledge

Mittler, P. (2000) Working towards Inclusive Education, David Fulton.

Nutbrown, C. and Clough, P. (2006) Inclusion in the Early Years, Sage.

Oliver, M. (1990) The politics of disablement. London: Macmillan. Shakespeare, T. (2006) Disability Rights and Wrongs. London: Routledge.  Terzi, L. (ed) (2010) Special Educational Needs: A new look. Mary Warnock and Brahm Norwich. 2nd edition. London: Continuum, Shakespeare, T. (2014) Disability rights and wrongs revisited. London: Routledge

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Seminars 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susie Miles Unit coordinator

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