Prof. Dr. Judith Hollenweger

Development and Enactment of an Inclusive Curriculum for All Children.

Prof. Dr. Judith Hollenweger

Many countries have recently moved towards the implementation of competency-based or standard-based curricula. These developments should be seen as an opportunity to develop more inclusive curricula that can facilitate inclusion at the school and classroom level. An inclusive curriculum is flexible in terms of the timeline of acquisition of skills or competencies and provides information on how to apply the curriculum to children with profound and multiple disabilities. An inclusive curriculum should help teachers develop educational plans, to think about changes in the learning environment and diverse ways of learning so make sure impairments have the lowest possible effect on the learning process.

The paper will describe policy developments in different countries as well as the approaches used to ensure an inclusive curriculum. Developments in Switzerland will be presented as an example of how the New National Curriculum can be enacted in ways that does insure access, participation and meaningful outcomes for all children and youth.