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Evaluating an inclusive education programme: lessons in transient social capital

Beth Cross, Julie Allan and Dorothy McDonald

in Social Capital, Children and Young People

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429285
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429285.003.0002
Evaluating an inclusive education programme: lessons in transient social capital

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This chapter reports on an evaluation of the Inclusive Learning Network, a programme for parents, teachers, other professionals and volunteers supporting the inclusion in schools of young disabled people. The case study focuses on a network of dispersed individuals that came together periodically to undergo training and skills development with a view to improving local authority educational services for pupils with additional support needs. This allowed the research team to look at spatiality and social capital, that is, how social capital operates across different spaces and how spaces can be constructed to foster social capital. The conclusion is that there are lasting returns for teachers from such a network, but only temporary benefits for disabled young people and their parents.

Keywords: social capital; inclusion; parents; disability; Scotland; case study; policy; research

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