Towards a new model for inclusive education based on virtual social inclusion and mobile openness

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Timothy Read
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3882-8674

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The political and social instability in many parts of the world has led to large numbers of refugees forced to find a haven in Europe, and the social and political pressure is felt in these countries, as they see the situation worsening dramatically. In this article, an analysis of the geo-sociological assumptions within the conventional conception of social inclusion is undertaken and substituted by a new one based upon the knowledge-based, network-oriented nature of modern European society. This is referred to as Virtual Social Inclusion (VSI) and it aims primarily at two fundamental dimensions of human activity: education and employment. The article focuses on the nature and implications of VSI for inclusive education and its underlying principles, particularly mobility and openness. What VSI requires to turn from a theoretical framework into a practical reality and the foreseeable implications of its implementation are explored.


Keywords: Virtual social inclusion, social inclusion, MOOC, open education.

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Read, T. (2020). Towards a new model for inclusive education based on virtual social inclusion and mobile openness. World Journal on Educational Technology: Current Issues, 12(1), 14-22. https://doi.org/10.18844/wjet.v12i1.4507
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