The Importance Of Inclusion In Special Education

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The term inclusion is defined as being included within a group or structure. In education, this refers to the inclusion of special needs students with non-disabled students for the entire, or most of, the school day. In most schools today, students with special needs are separated from the other students for the majority of the day. The debate of how special needs students should be incorporated in schools has been going on for years. There is an argument to both sides of this debate, however, both have to consider segregation, inclusion, integration and ultimately respect. For many years school systems have been attempting to perfect special education. They have been developing new techniques and skills to better suit different disabilities that a student might have. The question at hand now is if the segregation of students with disabilities from those without disabilities should be the standard for all schools. Mary and Kenneth Smith, authors of I Believe in Inclusion but…, conducted a study to describe teacher’s perceptions of factors that contributed or hindered success in inclusion based classrooms. The study suggests that students with special needs need more attention than other students. “Research has indicated that classroom teachers may be very skeptical of inclusion and that they strongly expect that the practice will present inherent problems.” (Smith, Mary K., and Kenneth E. Smith 80-161). Another reason that Smith and Smith make is that with
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