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

***** ***** was done ***** Mr. Como, who is a third gr*****de teacher at the Camino School in *****, California. He teaches general education, and was asked about his experiences and op*****ions when it comes to including special ***** students in***** the general education classroom. Although he does not have ***** ***** children in his classroom e***** year, he has had them in his ***** over the *****s that he ***** ********** teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in his cl*****ss that was ***** a wheelchair and had a full-time *****ide to assist him. He ***** 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 *****.

***** therapy was an ongoing issue throughout most of the day for this particular student ***** his aide and the other ***** were *****ten distracted by it. It seemed in general that Mr. Como was unhappy w*****h the ***** idea but ***** of this may come from the fact that he is nearing retirement and ***** entirely interested in new and innovative ideas. W*****ther or not this is completely accurate is simply a perception th*****t ***** gained during the interview ***** not anything that *****. Como specifically stated. *****, his feeling in general that inclusion was not always a good option for students ***** come through quite cle*****rly. This ***** not necessarily mean, however, that inclusion is a bad choice for all students and all classrooms. Generally, it appears ***** Mr. Como believed that the inclusion process depended strongly on what ***** special education child was able to do and whether the ********** that he or s***** had to deal with on a daily 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 analys***** ***** ***** current authors are saying regarding inclusion of ***** education ***** in the general ***** *****. The United States is ***** the


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