Inclusion Of Special Needs For Students With Disabilities

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Over the course of structuring the education system to include students with disabilities, there has being an ongoing research topic of inclusion. Inclusion, in this area, means the full inclusion of students with special needs in the general education classroom. The research and the debates about the issue of whether or not there should be full inclusion of Special Education students in all general education classrooms in all public schools throughout the United States rages on. The number of students with special needs that are included in regular education classrooms in public schools has swollen, and the educational philosophy and movement have grown and have been adopted and practice, as well. The questions remains, Is this new…show more content…
In the first research paper written by Dr. Lorna Idol (2006), the purpose of this program evaluation was to examine and describe how special education services were provided in four elementary schools and four secondary schools in a large, metropolitan school district in a southwestern city. The primary intent of this program evaluation was to determine how much, if any, inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classes was occurring in these eight schools. Another intent of the study was to better understand how each school provided for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment, as mandated in the education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 and further clarified through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA- 1990). Overall, the findings of these interviews strongly support the practice of including students with special education challenges in general education programs. Several key factors that were explored in this program evaluation can guide educators in more fully activating the full potential of inclusion and the least restrictive placement concept of special education. The study reviewed is a qualitative and quantitative methods review of two schools and their special education models, one inclusive and the other pull-out. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives, classroom
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