Academic Inclusion in Special Education Research Paper by Nicky

Academic Inclusion in Special Education
An analytical research paper on inclusion as the approach to special education.
# 144889 | 5,311 words | 13 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2010 in Education (Special) , Education (Teaching Methods)

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The paper explores the subject of academic inclusion for students with special education needs, with consideration to conditions ranging from attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) to autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome. The paper details the general principles of special education theory, practice and administration, considers the legal and philosophical aspects of inclusion in more than one cultural context and touches upon the practical implications of inclusion such as those relating to the orientation of the curriculum, classroom instruction and student body. The paper reaches the conclusion that greater focus on the use of individual education programs (IEP) in the context of inclusive or integrative education will help in providing pathways to equal opportunities.

Literature Review
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From the Paper:

"The inclusion of disabled individuals in the general social, educational and occupational contexts which are welcoming to mainstream populations is a goal which appears to parallel the progressive orientation of our culture. Modern education shows evidence of the trend toward change, facilitating the increasing integration of individuals who are physically, emotionally or learning disabled into public and private schools. This trend has been a decidedly positive one, with legal, economic and educational strategies coming together to present an effective and productive change in the way that we contend with disabilities. Inclusive practice, which submits that educational institutions should be considered responsible for helping to assimilate disabled students into mainstream population classroom settings and for providing them with the needed support to succeed therein, presents a number of challenges to educators. Namely, the determination of the appropriate curricular methods to be applied can represent a wide range of continually evolving responsibilities for instructors."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AG. (1992). Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Commonwealth of Australia. Online at>
  • ASA. (2004). Information Sheet 18: Supporting students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism SA. Online at
  • Bartlett, L. D., Etscheidt, S., & Weisenstein, G. R. (2007). Special education law and practice in public schools (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  • Byrnes, M. (Ed.) (2008). Taking sides: Clashing views in special education (3rd ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Services.
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). (2001). Appendix A. In Implementing IDEA: A Guide for Principals (pp.45-62). Arlington, VA.

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