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    Inclusive education and the law in Ireland

    Murphy, Muiread and Thompson, Stephanie and Doyle, David M and Ferri, Delia (2023) Inclusive education and the law in Ireland. International Journal of Law in Context, 19 (2). pp. 101-121. ISSN 1744-5523

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    By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2018, Ireland has undertaken inter alia the obligation to implement ‘an inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning’, as required by Article 24. However, concerns have been repeatedly expressed about the practice of inclusive education in Ireland in terms of admission policies, funding, school choice and reduced timetabling. This paper investigates whether, and to what extent, the current approach to special educational needs (SEN) in Ireland complies with the aim of ensuring an inclusive educational system in which children with disabilities are valued and empowered. Ireland is an interesting case-study due to its history of marginalisation of children with disabilities and its relatively recent engagement with the concept of inclusive education. By using a socio-legal approach, drawing on qualitative interviews with key stakeholders in education combined with a legal analysis of relevant primary and secondary sources, it examines the current practices relating to the education of children with disabilities in Ireland.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: education law; inclusive education; Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; qualitative interviews; Ireland; special educational needs;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Design Innovation > Centre for Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation, EDEN
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 17575
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    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2023 14:43
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Law in Context
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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