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ERIC Number: EJ1140208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2325-7466
Does Inclusion Help Students: Perspectives from Regular Education and Students with Disabilities
Dupuis, Bonnie; Barclay, Joyce W.; Holmes, Sherwin D.; Platt, Morgan; Shaha, Steven H.; Lewis, Valerie K.
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p74-91 Sum 2006
This research focused on verifying the impacts of Inclusion on both students with disabilities (SWDs) and their Regular Ed classmates. High school students (n = 364) within inclusive classes completed surveys reflecting their perceptions of the effectiveness of the learning environment and the attitudinal impacts of Inclusion. Results documented significant positive attitudinal and self-reported learning impacts of Inclusion for both SWDs and Regular Ed peers. SWDs reported higher self-concept, liking of school and teachers, and greater motivation to work and learn. Unexpectedly, Regular Ed student responses followed the same patterns, reflecting significantly higher attitudes across the board and perceived academic achievement, as well as higher tolerance for SWDs. The importance of anonymity for SWDs is discussed in light of significantly higher attitudinal ratings among Regular Ed students most aware of the presence of SWDs. Implications for the future of Inclusion are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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