Instructor: Wayne Portee
September 29 2014
When you think of Inclusion with in a classroom what is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the definition of Inclusion “In-clu-sion noun - : the act of including: the state of being included” ("Inclusion - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary," 2014). No truer words can be said about a school that practices inclusion with in their classroom. Including children of all educational levels with in a class room is a benefit to all of the students as it creates an environment that drives the students that are not gifted to reach for the potential of the gifted students and provides an environment for the Special Education students to interact with students of Normal ability’s in order to assist them in understand social interactions on a higher level than if they were simply in a special education classroom.
Schools also benefit from creating inclusion classrooms as it reduces the number of hours that are required to have special education teachers on staff there by reducing the overall cost associated with special education classrooms. “Results show somewhat lower costs associated with more inclusive models as compared to traditional forms of special education provision on both an annual and per hour basis.” (Odem & Parrish, n.d.) This type of cost saving is beneficial to the schools in it offers them the ability to place the funding that would normally go towards a classical special education classroom in there general funding.
There are disadvantages to the inclusion classroom as it “Disadvantages of an inclusive setting show the decline of licensed professionals to help students with special needs” (McCarty, 2006) this is evident in the reduced hours that a Special education child spends with a Special Education Teacher. Your standard teacher is only trained in an over view manner in the needs of a Special Education student...