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

The interview was done with Mr. Como, who is a third grade teacher at the Camino School in Cam*****o, California. He teaches general education, and was asked about his experiences and opinions when it comes to including ***** education ***** in***** the general education classroom. Although he does not have special education children in his classroom e***** year, he has had ********** ***** his classroom over the *****s that he ***** ***** teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in his class 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 with anything else that the ***** did. The level of participation that ***** ***** could actively engage in was the watching of videos when the class had them.

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

***** the ***** that Mr. ***** expressed, it is necessary now ***** turn toward an analysis of what current authors ***** saying regarding inclusion of ***** education students in the general education *****. The United States is ***** the


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