Prof. Susan Ryan

Scrutinizing Inclusion: Moving forward from 2018 using different starting points, ingredients, tools and recipes

Prof.  Susan Ryan

Introduction: All the participants at this conference are interested to know more about Inclusive Education. You will want to take away workable ideas to use in your own country and practice. Many of the presenters will tell you about research studies they have conducted. Some will give guiding frameworks and check lists to follow. Others will tell about their specific experiences. But, when you get back, you will not be able to implement these ideas alone or at once. You will need to gather an inclusive team of different people together to either start the inclusive education process or to re-shape what you already have. You will need to listen to many voices. Your local histories will be your local concerns. It will be a process that gradually includes your interpretation of inclusive successes.

Aims / Objectives: The aim of this presentation is to give participants ideas about where to start, either on an already functioning system, or on a new project. The objectives will be: 1) to leapfrog your existing initiative armed with this new knowledge; 2) to interpret who to include in your guiding committee; 3) to realise who the hidden voices might be that you should listen to; 4) to decide on and contact an experienced mentor; and, 5) to research or record your experiences to present at the 6th International Conference on Inclusive Education using a method from this conference.

Methodology: As one of the founders of Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, Delhi, India since 1981, I will draw on my personal experiences working with this organisation. I will also use my knowledge and practice as an occupational therapist and researcher working and lecturing in four different countries and continents. After UCC University Ethics approval, and through a third party, I will use a semi-structured interview format to audio-record the voices of a selection of six Amar Jyoti children with and without disabilities. Each child interviewed will be the focus of the study. Then interviews with their parents and with their teachers will then form an inclusive “whole” for each child. Recent literature on Inclusive Education will form the backdrop of all this work.

Interpretation of the Findings: The findings of this qualitative prospective study will be presented at the 5th International Conference on Inclusive Education, November 2018.