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Jackson, Lewis B.; Ryndak, Diane L.; Wehmeyer, Michael L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
This article used theory, historical records, and empirical research to make a case that inclusive education, in which students experience significant proportions of their day in the age-appropriate contexts and curriculum of general education, is a research-based practice with students who have extensive support needs. We begin by noting that…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, General Education, Severe Disabilities, Guidelines
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Salisbury, Christine L. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2006
A growing number of schools are engaged in efforts to become more inclusive in their service delivery and educational practices. To date, accounts of principals involved in reform efforts have largely been absent from the research literature. To address this need, this study examined the perspectives and experiences of eight principals who were…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Principals, Inclusive Schools, Elementary Schools
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Carter, Erik W.; Hughes, Carolyn – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2006
Increasing the participation of youth with severe disabilities in general education has remained a consistent and prominent focus of legislative, policy, and research initiatives. We examined the perceptions of high school staff regarding the goals, barriers, benefits, outcomes, and supports associated with including adolescents with severe…
Descriptors: General Education, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Browder, Diane M.; Spooner, Fred; Wakeman, Shawnee; Trela, Katherine; Baker, Joshua N. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2006
For students to have full access to the general curriculum, they need the opportunity to learn academic content that links closely to the standards for their grade level. In this article, we synthesize what we have learned through our research on aligning instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities with state's academic…
Descriptors: State Standards, General Education, Inclusive Schools
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Etscheidt, Susan – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2005
Concomitant with the increase in the number of paraprofessionals assisting students with disabilities is the emergence of legal issues pertaining to the need, selection, responsibilities, preparation, and supervision of those paraprofessionals. The purpose of this article is to provide a legal analysis of administrative and judicial decisions…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Court Litigation, Employment Qualifications
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Clark, Nitasha M.; Cushing, Lisa S.; Kennedy, Craig H. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
The authors examined the effects of an intensive onsite technical assistance (IOTA) model on the inclusive practices of special educators. Three special educators received technical assistance that included performance assessments, workshops on inclusive practices, and intensive onsite follow-up support. Inclusive practices were measured using…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Technical Assistance, Special Education Teachers, Informal Assessment
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Brown, Lou; Wilcox, Barbara; Sontag, Edward; Vincent, Betty; Dodd, Nancy; Gruenewald, Lee – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
It is now the responsibility of educators to provide for the education of severely handicapped students in what has been referred to as "the least restrictive educational environment." This paper discusses least restrictive educational environments in relation to segregation versus integration, interactions with nonhandicapped age peers,…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Mainstreaming
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Foreman, Phil; Arthur-Kelly, Michael; Pascoe, Sue; King, Brian Smyth – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
An increasing amount of research attention is being directed toward the educational experiences of students with profound and multiple disabilities. One technique that has allowed a better understanding of alertness and involvement in members of this population is behavior state assessment. In this study, eight matched pairs of school-aged…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Educational Experience, Multiple Disabilities, Severe Disabilities
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Schepis, Maureen M.; Reid, Dennis H.; Ownbey, Jean; Clary, Jamie – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2003
A study evaluated a program for training two preschool educators to promote cooperative participation between preschoolers with and without disabilities. The training program consisted of viewing examples of how to promote and praise cooperative participation, along with specific instructions and on-the-job feedback. Instruction resulted in…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Early Childhood Education, Feedback, Inclusive Schools
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Agran, Martin; Boykov, Dmitriy – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2003
A survey of 27 Russian students and educators enrolled in a defectology course found that most respondents were knowledgeable of and supported inclusion practices advocated in the United States and Western Europe, although belief in traditional practices of segregation of individuals with disabilities was also evident. The survey also addressed…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries