Implementing the Index for Inclusion for Inclusive Schools: A New Paradigm

  • Maria-Luise Braunsteiner Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich, Mühlgasse 67, 2500 Baden


The introduction of the concept of inclusion into schools and other educational settings is a relatively recent initiative that is expanding regularly. Heretofore, students with special needs or with cultural or social differences were isolated from the mainstream with the thinking that this was the appropriate fashion of education. The broad adaptation of the concept of inclusion has required guidance so that educators could move expeditiously towards the goal of inclusive schooling. Towards that end, the Index for Inclusion has been developed and published in many languages. This article helps define inclusion and introduces this wellreceived Index for Inclusion.