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Educating All

Developing Inclusive School Cultures From Within


Christopher McMaster

This book contributes significantly to the conversation about inclusion as a critical component of school culture. Educating All recounts Christopher McMaster’s experience as a critical ethnographer in a school community, given the task of not only studying the institution’s culture, but of creating change as well. The school used a whole-school framework known as the Index for Inclusion, which addressed students identified as having «special» or learning needs. The outcome of this process was the realization that the faculty and the system were not adequately providing optimum services to «special needs» students. By incorporating the special needs unit into a larger department and by utilizing it as a teaching center rather than a classroom, the staff and school leadership were able to produce a better alignment of value and practice and to provide a re-interpretation of just what is meant by «mainstream».
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I would like to thank the editorial boards at the following journals for granting permission to reprint aspects of material previous published in journal article form.

Chapter 1

McMaster, C. (2012). Ingredients for inclusion: Lessons from the literature. Kairaranga, 13(2), 11–22.


McMaster, C. (2013). Setting sail for that country: The utopian urge behind inclusion. International Journal of Whole Schooling, 9(2), 25–38.

Chapter 4

McMaster, C. (2013). Working the ‘shady spaces’: Resisting neoliberal hegemony in New Zealand education. Policy Futures in Education, 11(5), 524–532.

Chapter 7

McMaster, C. (2014). An island outside the mainstream? The special needs unit during a period of inclusive change in an Aotearoa/New Zealand high school. Journal of the International Association of Special Education, 15(2), 100–107.

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