ERIC Number: ED408750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Status of Policies, Procedures, and Practices: State Directors of Special Education Perceptions Regarding Implementation of Inclusion.
This study, based on the findings of a doctoral dissertation by the author, compared the policies and procedures adopted by state special education agencies concerning the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education and evaluated the level of implementation of inclusive practices. Responses of 36 state directors of special education (15 of whom submitted inclusion policies and procedures) were analyzed. Findings indicated: (1) state directors were reluctant to report that their state practiced full inclusion; (2) state directors had differing views of what constituted inclusion policies and procedures; (3) approximately 85% of the 36 directors of special education indicated that inclusion had increased in their state since 1990; (4) some state directors appeared to view "least restrictive environment" and "inclusion" as synonymous terms; and (5) state policies and procedures developed at the state level did not make a noticeable difference on inclusive practices in the states. Also included in the report are position statements on inclusion by major organizations and 16 graphs detailing the survey responses. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, National Surveys, Program Implementation, State Departments of Education
Dr. Barbara Top, Northwestern College, 101 7th St., S.W., Orange City, IA 51041 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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