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Including or Excluding: Is Inclusion Really a Practical Practice for Special Education Students?

Student Desiree Lipinski
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Education
Course INST 482: Issues in Education


Inclusion continues to be a strong initiative within the field of Special Education, but are we in actuality excluding special education students from learning all that they need to know? Inclusion appears to be a wonderful practice in theory and in the research, but when inclusion is applied in classrooms many Hampton Roads teachers and administrators confide mixed emotions. One could speculate that a potential problem may be that research journals in special education may not accept or publish articles that document negative outcomes or effects of inclusion on either special education students or general education students in order to sustain the initiative. If this is true, and in the context of the evidence gathered through this study, inclusion may be only a social panacea rather than an educational one.

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