ERIC Number: ED369234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-15
What Is Inclusion, Anyway? An Analysis of Organizational Position Statements.
Catlett, Susan M.; Osher, Trina W.
This study examined various national organization policies and positions on inclusion of students with disabilities. The report provides a content analysis of statements from 18 organizations with an interest in the education of students with disabilities, including advocacy groups, professional associations, and leadership organizations. Among the study's findings were: seven organizations defined "inclusion" with no two definitions being alike; the seven organizations which discussed the goal of inclusion each had differing goals; eight organizations called for abolishing current requirements for a continuum of educational placements; four organizations' statements applied inclusion to all students in the school; and active involvement in out-of-school settings and the community was deemed a part of inclusion by eight organizations. The paper concludes that there is agreement that children with disabilities should be included in general education to a greater extent than they have been but there is still disagreement concerning the degree of appropriate inclusion. The concern of many appears to be that the full range of services, some currently available only in specialized programs and facilities, will be lost if "full inclusion" is implemented inappropriately. Appendices include a list of the organizations surveyed and materials used in the content analysis. Contains 52 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.