In education, what is meant by enrichment

Definition of inclusion

The term inclusion has its roots in Latin. There the verb means let in includere and lock in, the Sustantiv inclusio means Containment and Inclusion.

As sociological term The concept of inclusion describes a society in which everyone is accepted and can participate in it on an equal and self-determined basis - regardless of gender, age or origin, religious affiliation or education, any disabilities or other individual characteristics.
In the inclusive society there is no defined normality that every member of this society has to strive for or to fulfill. The mere fact that there are differences is normal. These differences are seen as enrichment and have no impact on the natural right of individuals to participate. It is the task of society to create structures in all areas of life that enable members of this society to move about without barriers.
So also in the area of education. The inclusive pedagogy describes an approach that is essentially based on the appreciation of diversity. In an inclusive education system, people with and without disabilities learn together from the start. Homogeneous and thus separate learning groups are not formed. No one is excluded from the general education system because of a disability, from day-care centers to schools and universities to further education institutions. Rather, it is the task of the education system to support and encourage individual learners by providing special means and methods. It is not the individual who has to adapt to a certain system, but the other way around, the system has to take into account the needs of all learners and adapt if necessary.

Author: Andrea Schöb, July 2013