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Narratives of Inclusion: Representations of LEgacy and Diversity in Perceptions of School Identity


Special Education, Foundations and Technology


College of Education




This paper reports on findings of a study exploring the social ecology of secondary schools expressing commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion. The authors extend discussion of the studys framework and methodology introduced at the 2013 AME conference. Qualitative data gathered at three secondary schools with prestigious reputations reveal that a distinct narrative emerges in each setting. Each narrative offers an account of the schools established legacy while situating the schools efforts to integrate traditionally underrepresented students within that legacy. Discussion includes tensions between legacy and inclusion at each school, as well as possible implications of each narrative for the schools efforts toward inclusion. Potential for additional research is addressed.

Conference Name

Thriving Individuals, Thriving Communities: Moral Education and Human Flourishing

Conference Location

Pasadena, CA

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