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ERIC Number: ED501879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-30
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Inclusive Education in Secondary Schools: Perspectives of Students With Disabilities
Clark, Lyndsay R.
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This study aims at understanding the perspectives of students with learning disabilities that are placed in general education inclusive classrooms. The main focus of this research is to determine if the students with disabilities feel included by their peers and teachers as active and important members in the class. The qualitative research was conducted using semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with three students with mild learning disabilities in an inclusive English Language Arts class. Observations during a period of three months were also used in this research to obtain student interactions with peers and staff, as well as responsibilities and roles the students maintained. The most significant results were obtained from the interviews with the three subjects in the study. Two of the three students, when asked about disabilities, only associated physical handicaps with the word; they did not think of themselves as having a disability of any kind. The other student commented that she used to have a disability, but since then has been corrected and wasn't disabled anymore. Overall, the students liked their classes and the help they received from the staff. All of the students interacted well with their peers in class; some held classroom responsibilities everyday such as helping with attendance and homework collection. Appended are: (1) Key areas interviews were concerned with; (2) Types of information to be looked for via observation; and (3) Category and sub-categories regarding interviews and observations. (Contains 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York