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Bayat, Mojdeh – Childhood Education, 2014
Improving education equity and quality is a major focus of global developmental movements. Within that overarching goal, educators and advocates around the world are working to ensure children with special needs receive a quality education. For many, this means pursuing programs of inclusion. The author of this article uses the tools of education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Inclusion, Disabilities
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Aldridge, Jerry – Childhood Education, 2008
The relationship between special education and general education is constantly changing. In the past 10 years, responsiveness to intervention has become a mandated process in the United States. Many general education teachers are still unaware of this. Also, practices have changed in early intervention and early childhood special education. The…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, General Education, Disabilities, Special Needs Students
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Schanin, Michal; Reiter, Shunit – Childhood Education, 2007
This article describes changes experienced by a multidisciplinary team of the Center for Learning Disabilities in Tirat Carmel, Israel, in the wake of the enactment of the country's Special Education Law. Over the course of several years, the team working at the Center was able to adapt to the changes, while preserving the professional level of…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Educational Legislation
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Mutepfa, Magen M.; Mpofu, Elias; Chataika, Tsitsi – Childhood Education, 2007
In the Zimbabwean context, inclusive education involves the identification and minimization or elimination of barriers to students' participation in traditional settings (i.e., schools, homes, communities, and workplaces) and the maximization of resources to support learning and participation (Chimedza & Peters, 1999; Mpofu, 2004). In school…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Public Policy
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Specht, Jacqueline; Howell, Grace; Young, Gabrielle – Childhood Education, 2007
Very little research exists surrounding the systematic investigation of what steps are being taken to assist students with special education needs as they move from elementary to secondary school. These students often have greater difficulty with the transition, and this challenge is heightened even more for those using such specialized…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Secondary School Teachers, Assistive Technology
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Filler, John; Xu, Yaoying – Childhood Education, 2006
Early childhood educators are facing the challenge of creating quality educational programs for young children from an increasingly diverse mix of racial and cultural backgrounds. Programs that, in the past, have largely ignored the diversity of their participants must re-examine approaches that emphasize the universality of linear lists of…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teaching Methods, Special Needs Students, Disabilities
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McCormick, Linda; Wong, Mai; Yogi, Lisa – Childhood Education, 2003
Cites the example of a 4-year-old with Down syndrome attending an inclusive early childhood program to illustrate how the ecological assessment and planning process is used to individualize instruction. Includes a list of the child' IEP goals and objectives, a copy of the ecological planning form, and a description of adaptations and arrangements.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Educational Planning, Inclusive Schools
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Winter, Suzanne M. – Childhood Education, 1997
The SMART planning system is examined as a tool for teachers working toward the successful inclusion of children with disabilities. Four focus areas are discussed connected with the SMART acronym: Select curriculum and approaches; Match instruction to child; Adapt when necessary; Relevant skills targeted; Test to inform instruction. Suggestions on…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities
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McCay, Lauren O.; Keyes, Denis W. – Childhood Education, 2002
Helps elementary educators understand and promote social interactions and social competence in inclusive settings, specifically those that include students with learning disabilities and mild to moderate levels of mental retardation. Focuses on social outcomes of inclusion, teacher's attitudes, theoretical perspectives, and areas of social…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers, Inclusive Schools, Interpersonal Competence
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Sexton, David; And Others – Childhood Education, 1993
This position paper addresses three related issues that concern the right of children and their families to (1) receive quality care, education, and special intervention services; (2) have these services delivered through systems designed to promote their well-being; and (3) have these services delivered by adequately trained and compensated…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Disabilities
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Galant, Kim; Hanline, Mary Frances – Childhood Education, 1993
Reviews research about parental perceptions of and experiences with mainstreaming and discusses implications for practice. The literature reviewed focuses on parental perceptions of the effect of mainstreaming on children, families, and communities. Suggestions for developing successful mainstream education programs are offered. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Context Effect, Day Care, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Graves, Stephen B.; Gargiulo, Richard M. – Childhood Education, 1994
Reports on two educators' visits to Poland, Russia, and the Czech Republic between 1991 and 1993 and their observations on the early childhood educational systems in these countries. Examines the role of children and families, preschool education, curriculum, special needs children, and the training of kindergarten teachers in these countries.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Winter, Susan M.; And Others – Childhood Education, 1994
Examines the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the role of developmentally appropriate practice when insuring the safe inclusion of children with disabilities in play environments. Discusses four principles that should guide the creation of safe, inclusive play environments: safety; developmentally appropriate practice;…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Bordner, Ginger A.; Berkley, Mira Tetkowski – Childhood Education, 1992
Suggests that Public Law 99-457 raises questions about the play of children with special needs. Discusses topics which include (1) the developmental nature of play; (2) play of special needs children; (3) strategies for teaching play skills, and (4) implications of research for teachers' practice. A direct approach to teaching children about…
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Childrens Games, Class Activities, Disabilities