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ERIC Number: ED383128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Inclusive Education and School Restructuring.
Lipsky, Dorothy Kerzner; Gartner, Alan
Perspectives on educating persons with disabilities and the move toward inclusive education and school restructuring are considered. Trends in the number of students with disabilities and placement patterns are briefly examined. Four categories of students that represent 95 percent of students served are identified: specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, mental retardation, and serious emotional disturbances. Information is provided on differing state practices in placing students with specific disabilities in regular classes, placement of minority students in special education programs, and dropout patterns among students with disabilities. Possible reasons for the limited benefits of the current special education design are considered, with attention to inadequacies in educational practice, prejudice and discrimination, and conceptual limitations. Factors that can lead to educational improvement are discussed, including concern for the limited outcomes for students, the broader educational reform movement, recent court cases supporting inclusion, the costs of special education, and increased parental advocacy and involvement in school reform. (Contains 48 references.) (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A