The Outsider's Story

    Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral Thesis


    This thesis presents perspectives upon how inclusion is experienced from the
    point of view of the individual. It seeks to compliment contemporary discourse
    by interpreting the concept as a fundamental human activity. In this way
    acting as a counterpoint to narrower interpretations which are often
    characterised by a deficit discourse or exclusionary sentiment. The research
    is therefore underpinned by an emancipatory drive aligned to elements of
    critical pedagogy. The implication of this for practice is the acknowledgement
    that inclusion does not just apply to those children who stand out, who are
    labelled in some way, not an obvious minority or indeed marginalised, but to
    all children in the institutional space. In this study the concept of the Outsider
    is used as a motif for what is both universal and subjective. Such a literary
    device recognises the important subjective factors that underpin the
    existential nature of inclusion. The study views narrative and the stories
    people tell of their lives as a rich source of data. Ten individuals who are new
    to the teaching profession participated in the study and it is their stories that
    form the basis of the subsequent interpretation and analysis. The research
    was aligned to an interpretative paradigm seeking ideographic insight. The
    data generated was analysed both textually and aurally through a careful
    iterative and inductive process of analysis. The themes of the findings
    suggested the nature of inclusion to be underpinned by subjective and
    dynamic processes. Such processes linked to the notions of familiarity,
    application and adaptation that are used by the individual to facilitate aspects
    of their inclusion in dynamic and creative ways.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Leicester
    • Wilkins, Chris , Supervisor, External person
    Award date26 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017


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