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Review of Current Literature on Inclusion of Special Education Students in General Education Classes

The literature that is available on special educati***** students and their inclusion into general education classrooms dates back a long way. However, for the purpose of th***** paper only ***** that comes from 2001 or newer will be discussed. This is due to ***** fact that perceptions often change and the focus here is on what has ********** happening recently when it ***** to th***** very important issue. There are several concerns ***** are involved, and there ***** also many good reasons to include special education students in general education classrooms. The pros ***** cons of the issue will be addressed here and backed up with information from the studies of current authors, as well as an interview that w***** conducted by the researcher regarding special ***** students.

The ***** *****as done ***** Mr. Como, who is a third grade teacher at the Camino School in Camino, California. He teaches general educ*****ion, and was asked about his experiences and opinions when it comes to including special education students in***** the general education classroom. Although he does not have special education children in his classroom every year, he has had ********** in his ***** over the years that he ***** ********** teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in his cl*****ss that ***** ***** a wheelchair and had a full-time *****ide to assist him. He was some***** disheartened because this student was not really able to participate much w*****h anything else that the class did. The level of participation that the student could actively engage in was the watching of videos *****en the class had them.

Physical therapy was an ongoing ***** throughout most of the day for this particular student and his aide and the other ***** were *****ten distracted by it. It seemed in general that Mr. Como ***** unhappy with the inclusion idea but some of t***** may come ***** the fact that he is nearing retirement ***** ***** entirely interested in new and *****novative ideas. W*****ther or not this is completely accurate is simply a perception th*****t was gained during the interview ***** not anything that *****. Como specifically stated. *****, h***** feeling in general that inclusion was not always a good option for ********** ***** come through quite cle*****rly. ***** ***** ***** necessarily mean, however, that inclusion is a bad choice for all students and all classrooms. Gener*****y, it appears ***** Mr. Como believed that ***** inclusion process depended strongly on what the special ***** child was able to do and whether the *****sues that he or s***** had to deal with on a d*****ily ba*****is would be distracting to others in the classroom (Mr. Como, personal communication, February 3, 2005)..

From the concerns that Mr. Como expressed, it is necessary now ***** turn toward an *****alys***** of what ***** authors are say*****g regarding inclusion ***** ***** education ***** in the general education classroom. The United States is not the


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