ERIC Number: ED473828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
What Does a Principal Need To Know about Inclusion? ERIC Digest.
Bateman, David; Bateman, C. Fred
This brief paper on the inclusion of students with disabilities summarizes the history, terms, and legal requirements. The relevant section of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is cited followed by a brief review of the mainstreaming movement of the 1970s and the regular education initiative in the mid-1980s. Regulations governing inclusion are reviewed with emphasis on the following principles: (1) continuum of alternative placements; (2) determining the appropriate placement for a student; (3) considerations about inclusion; and (4) the Oberti test for placement decision making. Specific steps the principal can take to prepare staff for inclusion include ensuring staff awareness of legal requirements and terms and ensuring that large numbers of students with disabilities are not assigned to a single regular class teacher. Emphasized is the principal's role in fostering inclusion through careful use of time, staff development, and commitment. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Compliance (Legal), Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Principals, Student Placement
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Arlington, VA.