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Addressing barriers to implementing inclusive education in the Pacific

Sharma, Umesh and Armstrong, Ann C. and Merumeru, Laisiasa and Simi, Janine and Yared, Hannah (2018) Addressing barriers to implementing inclusive education in the Pacific. International Journal of Inclusive Education, TBC . pp. 1-14. ISSN 1360-3116

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    Abstract

    ABSTRACTCountries of the Pacific region are currently undergoing significant reforms. While disability inclusive education has been identified as a regional priority by all member nations, implementing inclusive education in the countries of the region can be quite challenging as many barriers continue to hamper the progress of the countries. Unless the barriers are identified and systematically addressed, it is unlikely that the countries will be able to implement a robust and holistic inclusive education strategy. In this paper, we present possible ways in which the countries of the Pacific could make significant progress in implementing a sustainable inclusive education strategy. We used a collaborative approach of co-examining potential barriers that are likely to impede the growth of countries in implementing a comprehensive inclusive education plan of action. We then identified possible strategies that are likely to result in an improved and perhaps more culturally responsive implementation of inclusive education in the Pacific. The most significant barriers identified by the members included: inadequate teacher preparation, stigma and negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, and limited engagement with the local leaders and key stakeholders. Possible strategies for addressing the barriers are outlined and discussed with possible implications for local, regional, and international researchers and policy makers.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 12:27
    Last Modified: 01 Oct 2018 12:27
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11070
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