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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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Huang, Ann X.; Wheeler, John J. – Childhood Education, 2007
In this article, the authors report that, although social attention to the education of children with special needs began in the late 1970s, education for children with autism is the greatest challenge in special education in China. They point out that most school-age children with autism are still kept out of both regular and special schools. In…
Descriptors: Multiple Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Autism, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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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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Meijer, Cor; Soriano, Victoria; Watkins, Amanda – Childhood Education, 2007
The European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education is an independent, self-governing organization established in 1996 by member countries to act as a platform for collaboration in the field of special needs education among the 28 member and observer countries. The Agency's ultimate aim is to improve policy and practice for learners…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students
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Al Attiyah, Asma; Lazarus, Brenda – Childhood Education, 2007
Qatar supports the rights of children with special needs to obtain suitable opportunities to learn and be included with other children. However, the concept of inclusion in education is relatively new in this country. In 2001, the Special Needs Committee of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs set up a task force to begin planning for including…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Disabilities, Interviews, Special Needs Students
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van Kraayenoord, Christina E. – Childhood Education, 2007
This article describes practices in inclusive education in Australian schools and classrooms. In discussing the changes that schools have made in order to be inclusive and responsive to student diversity, the author refers to one Australian school and its re-organization and also to recent Australian research on building inclusive school cultures.…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Inclusive Schools, Educational Practices, Student Diversity
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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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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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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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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
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Knight, Diane; Wadsworth, Donna – Childhood Education, 1993
Provides suggestions for preschool, elementary, and middle grade teachers on mainstreaming students with physical and medical difficulties. Suggestions focus on parent involvement, peer interaction, environment and training considerations, and instructional adaptations. Discusses topics, such as emergency care plans, that relate to making the…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
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Bergen, Doris – Childhood Education, 1993
Discusses four strategies teachers can use to encourage friendships among and to develop interpersonal skills of students when incorporating special needs children into regular classroom settings. Strategies involve: (1) establishing a classroom climate that encourages peer interaction; (2) encouraging deeper friendships with diverse children; (3)…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students