Inclusive education in the Czech Republic: A scoping review of a paradigm shift



Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source European Journal of Education
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Keywords Czech Republic; inclusive education; literature review; primary schools; scoping review
Description This scoping review presents the historical, social, and international influences that shaped the gradual move from segregated to inclusive education for all children in the Czech Republic. The introduction of the 2016 amendment to the Education Act marked a decisive paradigm shift in education policy, which formed the legal basis for services and support measures to be made available for all children with special needs in local mainstream schools. We analysed Czech language and English language peer-reviewed specialist literature to see how these changes have been reflected in current education research. The eighteen studies reviewed provide a complex picture of facilitators and barriers at the level of inclusive culture, policy and practice. Even though progress towards inclusive education in the Czech Republic has been notable, there are still systemic and attitudinal barriers to the education of all children.
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