ERIC Number: ED441926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Improving Education: The Promise of Inclusive Schooling.
Ferguson, Dianne L.; Desjarlais, Audrey; Meyer, Gwen
Inclusion is an effort to make sure that all students benefit by becoming important and contributing members of their school communities. It is the attempt to make sure that students with disabilities go to school along with their friends and neighbors while also receiving the "specially designed instruction and support" they need to succeed as learners and to achieve with high standards. Inclusion is different from past efforts at mainstreaming and integration. Inclusive schooling practices embrace the idea that, since everyone is an individual, schools, teaching, and learning must be organized so that every student gets a learning experience that "fits." Inclusive schooling is compatible with many general education reform discussions. Suggestions are made for getting the most out of a visit to see an inclusive school in action in the "Visit Guide" section of this booklet. Part 1 of the "Visit Guide" guides the visitor through the visit and provides a framework for notes about the school. Part 2 helps the visitor take notes after the visit, think about them, and organize them into a clear picture of the school. (Contains 16 resources for further reading about inclusive education.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Newton, MA. National Inst. for Urban School Improvement.