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ERIC Number: EJ1171834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2154-6282
Mainstreaming, the Regular Education Initiative, and Inclusion as Lived Experience, 1974-2004: A Practitioner's View
Harkin, Seth B.
i.e.: inquiry in education, v3 n1 Article 4 Jun 2012
This article is an auto-ethnography detailing the lived experience of the mainstreaming, Regular Education Initiative, and inclusion movements from the teacher and administrator perspectives. The article illustrates the challenges of integrating students with disabilities in general education and the sociopolitical contexts within which this occurred. A number of factors are necessary to successfully facilitate inclusion and inclusive schooling. These include an understanding of schools as social systems, institutional and administrative authorization and leadership, collaboration and partnerships, and professional development. The implications of institutional and administrative authorization and inclusive practices have significant implications for teacher education and inclusive schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Education for All Handicapped Children Act
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