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A case study of inclusion : its time to get mad

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dc.contributor.advisor Engel, Joanne B.
dc.creator O'Dell, Marti
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-15T20:52:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-15T20:52:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2002-01-24
dc.date.issued 2002-01-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/32453
dc.description Graduation date: 2002 en_US
dc.description.abstract Since the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975, a number of common problems have emerged. Primarily they involve the difficulties both experienced and created by public schools attempting to fulfill the federal mandate to provide students with disabilities an appropriate public education. The purpose of this study is to examine the process of inclusion as implemented by teachers of students with learning disabilities. This study is a qualitative research project. A grounded theory approach, used to derive constructs and laws directly from the immediate data collected, rather than from prior research and theory was utilized. Three regular classroom teachers were selected for detailed investigation. The investigation focused on the usability of the Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and how well the regular education teacher implemented the interventions and accommodations specified in the IEP for students with learning disabilities in their class. To enhance the validity and generalizability of the findings, several methods of data collection were used: researching student files, interviews and observations. Upon analysis of the data, various themes emerged. The themes were grouped into three areas of focus: general classroom teachers, the IEP, and administrative focus. The data obtained in this study are characteristic of previous research findings; teachers typically provide whole-class, undifferentiated instruction and offer minimal adaptations for students with learning disabilities, the IEPs consistently lack usability and the language used in the IEP is confusing. This study indicates that focusing on the IEP itself can make a significant impact. By specifically defining terms used in the IEP and by soliciting the input from previous teachers to document specific teaching strategies for a student with a learning disability the IEP will evolve into a tool to be used by subsequent teachers. It is not a sufficient strategy simply to return students with disabilities to unchanged mainstream programs. Teacher education programs need to focus on the increasing diversity of the student population and emphasize techniques in modifying and differentiating curriculum. The regular school programs need to be re-created so that they can meet more effectively the diverse and individual needs of all students. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Inclusive education -- Case studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children with disabilities -- Education -- Case studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Students with disabilities -- Education -- Case studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Individualized education programs -- Case studies en_US
dc.title A case study of inclusion : its time to get mad en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Education en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline Education en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.description.digitization File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome) using ScandAll PRO 1.8.1 on a Fi-6770A in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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