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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 education students and their inclusion into general education classrooms dates back a long way. However, for the purpose of this paper only literature 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 *****en happening recently when it ***** to this very important issue. There are several concerns that ***** involved, and there are also many good reasons to include special education students in general ***** classrooms. The pros and cons of the ***** will be addressed here ***** *****ed up with *****formation from the studies ***** current authors, as well ***** an interview that was conducted by the researcher regarding special education students.

***** ***** was done with Mr. Como, who is a third gr*****de 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 special education ***** into the general education classroom. Although he does not have special ***** children in his classroom every year, he has had ********** ***** his ***** over the years that he has *****en teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in ***** class that ***** ***** a wheelchair and had a full-time aide to assist him. He was somewhat disheartened because this student was not really able to participate much with anything else that the class did. The level of participation that ***** student could actively engage in was the watching of videos when the class had *****m.

Physical therapy was an ongoing issue throughout most of the day for this particular student ***** his aide and the other students were ***** distracted ***** it. It seemed in general that Mr. Como ***** unhappy ***** 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 that was gained during the interview ***** not anything that *****. Como specifically stated. *****, his feeling in general that inclusion was not always a good option f***** students did come through quite clearly. This does not necessarily mean, however, that ***** is a bad choice for all ***** and all classrooms. *****ly, it appears that Mr. Como believed that ***** inclusion process depended strongly on what the special education child was ***** to do and whether the issues that he or s***** ***** to deal with on a d*****ily basis would be distracting ***** others in the classroom (*****. Como, personal communication, February 3, 2005)..

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


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