Beyond the difference: From the margins to inclusion

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In recent years mounting evidence reveals that many children, for different reasons, do not receive equal opportunities for learning, and therefore are marginalised. However, despite the fact that many education systems have attempted to solve this problem and respond to the contemporary needs of all children by deploying a variety of policies for inclusive education, and despite the improvements already achieved, the phenomenon of marginalisation still persists as a difficult problem still awaiting a solution. The paper attempts to deconstruct the term 'difference' from a post-modern point of view, and also considers it genealogically from a philosophical perspective. The purpose is to improve teaching practice in order for teachers to provide equal opportunities in learning for all students. Naturally, the acceptance of 'difference' stimulates thinking and expands the parameters of free will. It will therefore be considered that while broad margins (or the marginal) persist, the possibility of difference will also continue to prevail and thus require sustained liberalism in education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-448
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


  • Difference
  • Equal opportunities
  • Inclusion
  • Margin
  • Marginalisation


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