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ERIC Number: EJ748542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
Inclusive Education of Handicapped Children
Iarskaia-Smirnova, Elena R.; Loshakova, Inargina I.
Russian Education and Society, v46 n12 p63-74 Dec 2004
One of the most important problems of education in a society that has a complex stratificational structure is education's accessibility for a number of social groups whose starting conditions are not favorable. Among these groups, "handicapped children" occupy a special place. Handicapped children's ability to obtain a good-quality education is hampered by a number of structural limitation linked, in one way or another, to social inequality. Sociological surveys conducted in the West and in Russia, starting in the 1960s, have shown that education is much more likely to reflect and confirm existing inequality than to assist in eliminating it. In as much as the responsibility for the results of instruction rests on the teachers, as a result they pay the most attention to the best and most capable students, while handicapped children are, so to speak, the "stepchildren" of the system of education and wind up at the bottom of the school hierarchy. Taking account of the experience of other countries, this article will look at a number of problems of inclusive education for handicapped children, with the emphasis placed on the characteristics of their learning in a general education school, as well as the prospects of that form of education in today's Russia. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia