We are midway through the MSc unit Controversial Issues in Special & Inclusive Education. 12 hours of input in four seminars! This year’s group is fantastic – international, engaged, experienced, and critical. I’ve been a bit cheeky and redesigned the unit around some personal interests in the field of SEN. Each week students tackle big questions and major themes, which so far consist of:
- Are all children ‘people’? (drawing on bioethics and personhood debates)
- Are all children ‘educable’? (drawing on psychological theory from the PMLD field)
- Are all children ‘researchable’? (drawing on research philosophy from disability studies)
- Are all children ‘includable’? (drawing on international debates about inclusive education in the Global North & South)
The sessions finish at 7.30pm which is tough-going, but the depth of discussions about such significant topics keeps me awake and keen for more. (Literally – I find it difficult to sleep when I get home because my head is buzzing with thoughts about the discussions). Next week we have guest doctoral researchers presenting their work which should be fab!
(Pictured: Inside of Wills Memorial, University of Bristol)