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Developing inclusive higher education: the network approach

ISBN: 978-5-94051-163

Published in 2018


Inclusive Culture as a Value Basis of Changesin Higher Inclusive Education

Alekhina S.V.
PhD in Psychology, Vice-Rector for Inclusive Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Shemanov A.Yu.
Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Leading Researcher of Research and Methodological Centre of the Institute of Inclusive Education Problems, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

The article deals with discussing of inclusive culture forming problem in higher education. The university inclusive culture is defined as organizational culture, which promotes both implementation of higher education purposes, and forming of inclusive community in university, where its participants basic assumptions foster implementation of inclusion values (adoption of diversity and support of involvement). In the article, it was shown that, for the forming of such fostering inclusive values basic assumptions, it is necessary to create and support conditions for fruitful creative interaction of university community participants (including disabled and nondisabled persons) and forming of their active relation to their educational needs. In achieving of these purposes, it is important to promote interest to creative contribution of each person in the process of interaction. This task could be fulfilled by means of promoting common project implementation in mixed group. The targeting of higher education on forming of inclusive values and creation of inclusive community in university, which is based on promoting of common project implementation in mixed group and active relation of students to defining of their educational needs (including special needs), are conditions of uniting of purposes of education and purposes of inclusion as parts of university inclusive culture.

Keywords: higher education, inclusive culture, values of inclusion, inclusive community of university, supporting of diversity, fostering of involvement, interest to creative contribution of each person

Column: Inclusive Higher Education: Developmental Trends in Russia and Abroad

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