Philosophy Of Inclusion

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Within the past decades and a half considerable discussion has occurred regarding the most appropriate setting within which to provide education for students in special education. Although the change in the educational environment is significant for handicapped student the concepts of inclusion also bring up new issues for the regular education classroom teachers. The movement toward full inclusion of special education students in general education setting has brought special education to a crossroad and stirred considerable debate on its future direction. Now, federal and state governments insist that schools include disabled students in the "least restrictive environment," also known as mainstreaming or inclusion (Perlstein, 2003). That means being educated as much as possible in regular classrooms with regularly developing peers, ideally in their neighborhood schools (Perlstein, 2003).

There have been numerous benefits for children who are included in regular education classrooms. In most cases' students with special needs who are inclu

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