The Inclusive Education SIG was convened by Dr. Margaret Egan with partners, representing all HEIs in Ireland, including its current Executive Committee members, Dr. Kevin Cahill (UCC), Prof. Ml. Shevlin (TCD), Deirdre Forde (Froebel College, MU), Dr. Johanna Fitzgerald (MIC), and Dr. Miriam Colum (Marino IoE). Our IE SIG aims to clearly highlight an educational research focus and provide a communal space for collaboration and communication. The IE SIG seeks to engage in discourse on ‘access, social justice, creativity, knowledge sharing, innovation, and capacity building (Hug, 2015, p. 72). An Inclusive Education SIG at ESAI is both timely and necessary as it reflects and considers the global movement towards full inclusive education and the corresponding policy changes. The varying definitions of inclusion have expanded and the IE SIG will aim to reflect such diversity in education. We propose that our IE SIG will hold at least two events/meetings or workshops each year (outside of ESAI annual conference), which will convene all those interested in the SIG. The Inclusive Education SIG will present on its work at ESAI’s Annual Conference(s).
SIG Convenor: Margaret Egan