ERIC Number: ED405680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-6
Reference Count: N/A
Inclusion: Who Wins? Who Loses?
LoVette, Otis K.
This presentation paper reviews concerns regarding the inclusion of students with disabilities in regular education classrooms. Misunderstandings of the student placement requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are discussed, as are misunderstandings regarding the difference between mainstreaming and inclusion. The lack of preparation of regular teachers for working on a regular basis with children who need special help and the problems such teachers have in managing students who exhibit disruptive behavior are described. Topics also discussed include: (1) the pressure educators may experience from program administrators to make inclusive placements to help schools with the financial cost of programs for students with disabilities; and (2) the lack of communication between regular education teachers and special education teachers. The report closes with a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of inclusion for students with disabilities, regular students, school districts, special education teachers, regular education teachers, and parents of students with and without disabilities. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (25th, Tuscaloosa, AL, November 6, 1997).