04 SES 03 B, Discussing Concepts II
Parallel Paper Session
The field of inclusive education (IE) stammers when its research perspectives are scrutinised. Research in IE for least two decades, could be critiqued as resisting the opening, transgressions and struggles that have been occurring in educational research more widely. The paper presents an overview of recent research that crosses the boundaries of research paradigms, theorises exclusion/ inclusion (Slee, 2011) and is working to claim a research agenda that works with cultural shifts, mediated multi-vocality, including “empowerment, voice and reflexive collaborations”, (Lather, 2010, p.69) but remains focused on social and educational change (Deppeler & Huggins, 2010). Within IE a double bind hovers over the field and ‘an examination of equity as a consequence of technical processes and practices…a research paradigm that also documents the very production of inequity” (Artilles, 2011, p. 443) persists. The paper demonstrates how these issues are being shaped through ongoing research agendas in IE and alerts the field to these continuing issues. The dominant researcher, preoccupied with, for example the intervention goals and procedures will disempower voiceless subjects. Scholarship from those on the ‘inside’ offers differing perspectives and positioning. Alternative hermeneutic conceptualisation and methodologies generate a context-bound subjectivity that produces research that some might want to dismiss or overturn. The reality of educational inclusion experienced by those on the inside highlight the gulf, the divide and suggestions of a normalising view that hinders a deeper engagement with issue of research, voice and methodological decisions, which ultimately the researcher communicates and puts the new theory to work in research or practice. The co-authored paper makes the case for differing methodological approaches in IE. Arguably, avoiding a double bind requires coherent research agendas that address the complexities of educational equity and collaboration, crossing professional, spatial and geographic contexts.
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