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

***** ***** was done with Mr. Como, who is a third gr*****de teacher at the Camino School in *****, California. He teaches general educ*****ion, and was asked about his experiences and op*****ions when it comes to including special education ***** in***** the general education classroom. Although he does not have special education children in his classroom every year, he has had them in his classroom over the years that he ***** been teaching. In one case he discussed having a student in ***** cl*****ss that ***** in 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 ***** ***** could actively engage in was the watching of videos when the class had *****.

Physical *****rapy 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 was unhappy ***** the ***** idea but some of this may come from the fact that he is nearing retirement ***** 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 and not anything that Mr. Como specifically stated. However, h***** feeling in general that inclusion was not always a good option f***** students did come through qu*****e clearly. ***** does not necessarily mean, however, that inclusion is a bad choice for all ***** and all classrooms. *****ly, it appears ***** *****. Como believed that ***** inclusion process depended strongly on what the special ***** child was able to do and whether the ********** that he or she had to deal with on a d*****ily basis would be distracting to *****s in the classroom (Mr. Como, personal communication, February 3, 2005)..

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


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