ERIC Number: ED468584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Demography of Inclusive Education in Michigan: State and Local District Findings.
LeRoy, Barbara; Kulik, Noel
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined the influence and additive effects of student demographic characteristics on student placement in special education programs in Michigan. Using a combination of outside data and the Michigan Department of Education Student Database (1999), statewide findings indicate that taken individually, age, race/ethnicity, and disability were all predictive of inclusive placement. Overall, 45.7% of Michigan students with disabilities are included in regular education classes 80% or more of their school day. Age, race/ethnicity, and disability were each predicative of inclusive education placement. Specifically, elementary school students were more included than their secondary school counterparts. White students had a higher rate of inclusion than non-white students regardless of gender or type of disability. As for disability, students with judgmental disabilities had a slightly higher rate of inclusion than students with organic disabilities. Of organic disabilities, inclusive placements were highest for students with visual impairments, physical and other health impairments, and hearing impairments. Least included were students with mental retardation. A review of 69 diverse local districts found wealthy and suburban districts were able to include the greatest percentage of students across all predictor variables. Implications for practice and future research needs are discussed. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Developmental Disabilities Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan