Social and Ethnic Inequalities in the Cypriot Education System: A Critical Realist View on Empowerment

1st Edition

Areti Stylianou, David Scott

Published June 14, 2019
Reference - 136 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138304390 - CAT# Y366677
Series: Routledge Studies in Critical Realism

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Accommodating the diversity of learners in mainstream schooling and providing high quality education for all, inclusive education is prioritised at international and European levels as a human rights issue and as a reform strategy which tackles inequalities and promotes social cohesion within both schools and wider society. This book advances critical realist ideas in empirical research in order to close the theory–practice gap and shift the emphasis from epistemology to ontology with regard to teachers’ empowerment to provide inclusive education. With a focus on the school context rather than the agency of the individual teacher, the authors use empirical data from case studies to demonstrate teachers’ disempowerment as real, and rooted in features of reality. Offering a unified critical realist model, the book challenges taken-for-granted ideas and practices concerning the empowerment of teachers in inclusive education and seeks to set the ground for a more holistic and inclusive educational change.

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