Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Adaptación del Index for Inclusion al ámbito de la educación superior: estudio preliminar

Marifa Salceda Mesa, Alba Ibáñez García

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Purpose: Our research focuses on a preliminary study on the adaptation of the Index
for Inclusion to the university context. This tool would allow evaluating cultures, policies
and practices of educational institutions, as well as to implement inclusive development
actions in each of these areas, going from innovation to educational transformation.
Design/methodology: The descriptive design of the first phase of the study provides
an overview of the scene in this area. Then, using the indicators from the original
survey of the Index, it selects 48 items adapted to the Higher Education context. The
analysis of agreement among expert judges proved the content validity of those items.
Findings: The paper concludes with a revised version of the questionnaire, which
includes the qualitative inputs gathered during the analysis of the expert judgment, and
it updates the theoretical conclusions from the interpretation of the collected data.
Research limitations/implications: There is not much published on this topic in
Spain, and the overview of the university is still detected as inflexible organization. This
attitude could hamper the development of alternatives to shape a new understanding of
Higher Education in Spain.

Practical implications: The Index for Inclusion could allow universities to perform a
collaborative research project that would start from and draw on the organizational
practice of the institution’s own reality to improve the teachers’ training.
Social implications: The implementation of this tool would enable a comprehensive
approach to the topic of diversity in Spain university context. The entire educational
community and non-teaching personal would thus share this focus on social
responsibility.
Originality/value: The Index for Inclusion would help universities, understood as
eminently social –not only academic– institutions, to strengthen the link between their
academic-professionalizing value and their social responsibility.

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