Inclusive education in India: international concept, national interpretation

Abstract

This article examines education of children belonging to marginalised groups, with particular reference to children with disabilities, within the Indian context. Based on an analysis of post-independence Government documents, various educational provisions made available for children with disabilities are discussed. It explores the Indian Government's focus on the development of special schools, its efforts towards integration, and the more recent emphasis on inclusive education. Furthermore, it attempts to elucidate “inclusive education” as understood in various official documents. The article concludes by arguing for a need to develop a contextual understanding of inclusive education that is reflective of current educational concerns in India.

Citation

Singal, N. Inclusive Education in India: International concept, national interpretation. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2006) 53 (3) 351-369. [DOI: 10.1080/10349120600847797]

Inclusive education in India: international concept, national interpretation

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