Participation of Families in Inclusive Education in the First Cycle of Basic Education: A Systematic Review


Family participation in school has proven to benefit child's self-esteem, equality in inclusive education, and to a more enriching and equitable educational environment. The present study aims to deepen the understanding of the participation of families in the process of Inclusive Education in the first cycle of Basic Education, intending to conceptualize participation, involvement, as well as the barriers and facilitators of this process. Based on a Systematic Literature Review methodology, a search was conducted in the Scopus and ERIC databases using the keywords: participation, school, family, and inclusion. The eligible criteria for the inclusion of studies were articles or book chapters (blogs, whole books and abstracts were excluded); open access; published between 2017 and 2022; written in Portuguese, Spanish or English; addressing the points of Inclusion Education (IE), family, participation, involvement, and school. The selected studies were analyzed according to the PRISMA Statement. Studies showed that family participation is essential for school success and the inclusion process to facilitate children's cognitive, and socio-emotional development. To promote families' collaboration and participation in the processes involved in inclusive education, teachers foster extracurricular activities, socialization, creating inclusive spaces, and searching resources that promote participation. Inclusion is more successful when there is good communication between family and school. Among the barriers hindering this participation are: prejudice, socioeconomic difficulties, lack of time and family interest, lack of communication and the perception of the education profession.

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Aline Cristina Silva Camelo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Oksana Tymoshchuk, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Catarina Martins, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
Paula Santos, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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Conference: BCE2023
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education

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Camelo A., Tymoshchuk O., Martins C., & Santos P. (2023) Participation of Families in Inclusive Education in the First Cycle of Basic Education: A Systematic Review ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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