Occasional Paper Series 36

Life in Inclusive Classrooms: Storytelling with Disability Studies in Education

Alba Somoza

Life in Inclusive Classrooms contains nine essays that highlight the use of storytelling as a medium for provoking dialogue about inclusive classrooms and school communities. It offers readers richly textured stories of classroom life that offer critical insight into the complexities that make up the lives of children with disabilities, their families, and teachers.

Traditional scholarship on inclusion is often disconnected from the lived experiences of those it intends to describe. Stories from real classrooms are drowned out or undervalued by larger scholarly discussions. What gets lost are the multiple ways teachers and teacher-educators are already implementing innovative inclusion practices. Life in Inclusive Classrooms brings together storytelling scholars to show how disability, inclusion, and exclusion feel inside inclusive classrooms in order to effect change in teaching beliefs and practices.

Research, Practice, Policy-based

The Occasional Paper Series is a forum for work that extends, deepens and challenges the progressive legacy on which the college is built. The series seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy and to meet the interrelated demands of equity and excellence.

We are interested in research, practice and policy-based papers from a broad array of theoretical perspectives. We encourage authors from within and outside the Bank Street community who employ either traditional or non-traditional representational strategies to submit their work for review. Please see instructions below.
ISSN 2375-3668

Submission of Papers

We publish papers of between 4,000-6,000 words and, exceptionally strong papers, of between 12,000-15,000 words. We are interested in manuscripts by widely known members of the field and by first time authors. Papers must not be under review elsewhere or have been previously published. All submissions should include an abstract of 100 words and be formatted following APA guidelines. Papers go through a blind peer review process and authors should expect to be notified of a decision within 45 days of receipt of the manuscript.

 As an online journal, we encourage authors to use:

  •  a reader-friendly, accessible style 
  •  shorter rather than longer paragraphs 
  •  subheadings to break-up otherwise dense blocks of text 
  •  moving and still images.

Address manuscripts and questions to Jonathan Silin: jsilin@optonline.net.