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

***** ***** ***** done with Mr. Como, who is a third grade 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 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 ***** over the years that he has ***** teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in ***** cl*****ss that was ***** a wheelch*****ir and had a full-time *****ide 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 when the class had them.

***** therapy ***** an ongoing issue throughout most of the day for this particular student and his aide and the other students were *****ten distracted ***** it. It seemed in general that *****. Como was unhappy w*****h the ***** idea but some of t***** may come from 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 and not anything that Mr. Como specifically stated. *****, h***** feeling in general that inclusion was not always a good option for students ***** come through quite cle*****rly. This does not necessarily mean, however, that inclusion is a bad choice for all ***** and all classrooms. *****ly, it appears that Mr. Como believed that the inclusion process depended strongly on what the special education child was able to do and whether the ********** that he or she had to deal with on a d*****ily basis would be distracting ***** *****s in the classroom (*****. Como, personal communication, February 3, 2005)..

From the ***** that Mr. ***** expressed, it is necessary now to turn toward an analys***** of what ***** authors ***** say*****g regarding inclusion of ***** education students in the general education *****. The United States is ***** the


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