Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on New Approaches in Education
Critical Discourse Analysis of the Policy Document of Inclusive Education in the Context of Kuwait
Dr. Nouf Almarzouq
This study examines the Kuwaiti policy document of inclusive education, Regulation of law 4 of 1996, the creation of special classes in mainstream schools. In doing so it relates Kuwaiti policy to the global policy as represented by the Salamanca Statement (UNESCO, 1994). In examining Kuwaiti policy, CDA was used to explore the ways in which “slow learner” students and their families are positioned by policy and to explore the effects of the religious, social and cultural contexts in the articulation of such policy. Bell and Stevenson (2006, p.29) state that, “it is important to recognise the crucial role played by societal culture in shaping state policy”. This allows deeper questioning about the purposes and potential effects of the Kuwaiti policy of inclusive education in a more holistic way.
keywords: Inclusive education- disability. – medical model -policy document.