How do we measure implementation of inclusive education in the Pacific Islands? A process for developing and validating disability-inclusive indicators

Umesh Sharma, Filipe Jitoko, Setareki S. Macanawai, Chris Forlin

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In recent years, countries of the Pacific have been moving strongly towards enhancing inclusive educational practices within a previously segregated education system. Through the Pacific Education Development Framework (PEDF) approved by 14 Pacific Island Education Ministers in 2009, the implementation of regional policies of inclusive education is a priority. To ensure that progress is measurable, these countries have been working collaboratively with several Australian institutions to develop a set of contextually appropriate indicators for measuring disability-inclusive education. This article describes the process adopted in developing these indicators and initial findings regarding the key outcomes. The research is guided by three key principles of collaboration, a need for systemic change and ‘nothing about us without us’. The process adopts a three-stage approach which is outlined and key issues and implications discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-630
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • Assessment
  • disability
  • education
  • inclusion
  • indicators
  • Pacific
  • policy
  • rights

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