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

The literature that is available on special education 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 the fact that perceptions *****ten change ***** the focus here is on what has been happening recently when it comes to this very important issue. There are several concerns that ***** involved, and there are also many good reasons to include special education students in ***** ***** *****. The pros and cons of the ***** will be addressed here ***** backed up with information from the studies of current authors, as well as an interview that was conducted by the researcher regarding special education students.

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

***** therapy ***** an ongoing issue 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 *****. Como was unhappy ***** the ***** idea but ***** of this may come from the fact that he is nearing retirement and not entirely interested in new ***** *****novative ideas. W*****ther or not this is completely accurate is simply a perception that ***** gained during the interview and not anything ***** Mr. Como specifically stated. *****, h***** feeling in general that inclusion was not always a good option f***** students ***** come through quite cle*****rly. This ***** ***** necessarily mean, however, that inclusion is a bad choice for all ***** and all classrooms. **********, it appears that Mr. Como believed that ***** inclusion process depended strongly on what the special education child was ***** to do and whether the ********** that he or s***** ***** to deal with on a d*****ily ba*****is would be distracting ***** others in the classroom (*****. Como, personal communication, February 3, 2005)..

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


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