The Issue, Conflicts, Effective Communication Practices, Negative Outcomes, and Positive Indicators of Resistance and Causes of it

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Since the publication of A Nation at Risk (1983), which heightened public interest in educational reform, there has been a strong national movement to include all students in the regular neighborhood schools and classrooms (Stainback & Stainback, 1990). Inclusion is defined as educating all students in the mainstream for all of the day (Lusthaus & Forest, 1989). This paper will discuss issue, conflicts, effective communication practices, negative outcomes, and positive indicators of resistance and causes of it. Effective Communication Through Assistive Technology “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. ~ Ignacio Estrada ~ Introduction The central issue relates to an 8th grade student, John Doe, identified as having intellectual disability. He functions at a second grade reading and third grade writing level. Until this year, John Doe was in pullout classes that serviced special Education students who have major grades discrepancy. But, do to the reform, where the majority of disabled students shall be included in the regular Education classrooms. From pull out classrooms, where John Doe was learning how to put together simple sentences, to inclusion where John Doe is asked to perform as an 8th grade student. For John Doe to be successful in this class, Special Education teacher has to modify and accommodate the curriculum to fit his abilities. Special Ed and regular Ed teachers come together to brainstorm approaches and use of technology for John Doe to use in all his classes. After several meetings with both teachers, the special Education teacher brought to the table modifications and accommodations for the student to use in the classroom. ... ... middle of paper ... ... Friend, M & Cook, L. 2010 Interaction-Collaboration Skills for School Professionals (6th ed.) Retrieved on July 11, 2010 Inclusion Success Stories, Retrieved on July 10, 2010 Fromhttp://www.cpacinc.org/hot-topics/inclusion/inclusion-success-stories/ Martinelly, Harper,S (Dec.2002) New Horizons for Learning Generation Y, Student Inclusion = Technology Infusion Retrieved on 7/11/10 From http://www.newhorizons.org http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/technology/martinez.htm - a Quotes Retrieved on July 10.2010 From http://thinkexist.com/quotations/teachers_and_teaching/ Wellington, Y Assistive Technology Success Stories: Opening the World of Education to All Students Retrieved on July 10, 2010 From http://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-success-stories

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