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An investigation into a local education authority's inclusion strategy : the construction and management of change

Jenner, Simon (2005)
Ed.Psych.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The research investigated how various people, such as Local Education Authority officers, teachers and parents, represented change (defined as becoming different from a previous state) concerning an inclusion strategy. The investigation used a case study approach and methodology based upon grounded theory (Glaser and Strauss, 1967) and heuristic research (Moustakas, 1990). Several different case studies within the LEA were used, a formal consultation concerning the change of specialist provision, staff views in a “MLD” school and LEA officer views. Data used was discourse, written and spoken, semi-structured interviews, public meetings and media publications. NVivo, a computer programme, was used to analyse the discourse, relating this to different theoretical orientations, cognitive psychology, social psychology, management theory and school improvement. Foucault (1977), especially the concept of episteme/paradigms, provided the most useful theoretical framework for analysing data. It is argued that inclusion within the case study LEA was not a paradigm shift, but change around the edge of a paradigm with a stable core, which related to groups of pupils being seen as different. Comparison has been made with Kuhn (1996) on how scientific paradigms are modelled, linking together the research methodology and findings.

Type of Work:Ed.Psych.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Timmins, Paul
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Education
Department:Education
Keywords:Inclusion, management of change, Foucault
Subjects:LC Special aspects of education
JS Local government Municipal government
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:889
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