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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 th***** paper only ***** 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 th***** very important issue. There are several concerns that ***** involved, ***** there are also many good reasons to include special education students in ***** education *****. The pros and cons of the ***** will be addressed here and backed up with *****formation from the studies ***** current authors, as well as an interview that was conducted by the researcher regarding special education students.

***** ***** was done with Mr. Como, who is a third grade teacher at the Camino School in *****, California. He teaches general educ*****ion, 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 *****m in his ***** over the years that he has been teaching. In one case ***** discussed having a student in ***** class that ***** in a wheelchair and had a full-time aide to assist him. He was some***** 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 them.

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

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


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