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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 this paper only literature that comes from 2001 or newer will be discussed. This is due to ***** fact that perceptions *****ten change ***** the focus here is on what has been happening recently when it ***** to th***** very important issue. There are several concerns ***** ***** involved, and there are also many good reasons ***** include special education students in ***** education *****. The pros and cons of the ***** 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 with 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 ***** ***** into 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 years that he ***** ***** teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in ***** cl*****ss that was ***** a wheelch*****ir and had a full-time aide to assist him. He was somewhat disheartened ********** 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 *****m.

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

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


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