Loose Coupling and Inhabited Institutions: Inclusion Policy and Teacher Strategies

  • Deroche C
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This case study uses interviews and participant observation to study how teachers negotiate inclusion policy in their everyday classroom interactions and strategies. Interviews consisted of two teachers and an educational assistant from one Northern Ontario classroom while participant observation was conducted for a period of seven weeks. Drawing from the framework of loose coupling and inhabited institution, this study finds that teachers actively negotiate policy in the face of classroom reality by drawing upon personal and social resources. Drawing from their previous experiences and some of their educational training they create, and implement strategies in dealing with learning diversity. Teachers felt enthusiastic about inclusion but their ideas ranged as to what it looked like; on top of their creativity in strategy making they also expressed the need for more resources and support to ensure the success of inclusion within their classrooms.




Deroche, C. (2013). Loose Coupling and Inhabited Institutions: Inclusion Policy and Teacher Strategies. Brock Education Journal, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.26522/brocked.v23i1.354

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