Inclusion in Culturological Perspective



The necessity of introducing culturogical perspective while setting goals for the inclusive education and evaluation of its capabilities is addressed in the article. In the process of education and mentoring the people with disabilities it is important to take into account their specific cultural needs. Recognition of the special cultural needs imply the description of the particular system of relationships, the identification systems, the specificity of the constituent elements of cultural environment adequate for people with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of a reference group as a condition of human development, searching for the language of communication, both for internal needs of this group and for communication with other groups. The need to revise the prevailing concepts of culture in contemporary theory and practice of inclusion is justified towards a more productive use of cultural knowledge in the process of creating a developmental learning environment. The possibilities of cultural forms, which can be found in the arsenal of traditional cultures and artistic practices of contemporary art are discussed in creating supportive social and cultural environment that promotes inclusion and integration of people with disabilities.

General Information

Keywords: inclusive education, people with disabilities, specific cultural needs, paradigms of cultural psychology

Journal rubric: Perspectives of Inclusive Education

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Shemanov A.Yu., Popova N.T. Inclusion in Culturological Perspective. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2011. Vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 74–82. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexey Y. Shemanov, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of the Department of Special Psychology and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Clinical and Special Psychology, Leading Researcher, Scientific Laboratory of the Federal Center for the Development of Inclusive General and Additional Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Natalya T. Popova, Senior Researcher, Laboratory on Problems of Socio-Cultural Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, Institute of Problems of Integrative (Inclusive) Education, MSUPE, Moscow, Russia



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