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Special Education Practices and Implications Special Education Practices and Implications: A Survey of 15 Elementary Education Teachers EDCI 2030 Abstract For our project we gathered information on resource and inclusion students amongst many different elementary schools . Our research included how many of these students each general education teacher had in his or her classroom, how and if the general education teacher and the special needs teacher collaborated about those students, and what teaching methods were changed to better meet the needs of the resource and inclusion students . We also asked the opinions of the teachers on what they thought of their school’s special education service and what they would like to see improved . With this information, we were able to compare and contrast how the special education service differed between each school .
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Special Education Practices and Implications There were several themes present in our findings: collaborating practices between general education and special education teachers, reforming the class, and similarities in teachers opinions of their school’s special education program. Students with disabilities are given an Individualized Education Program, which is often abbreviated to IEP, which places them into a unique, individualized program designed to better meet their needs . According to the U .S. Department of Education, “The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities” (Kupper, 2000) . Resource and inclusion students are students with an IEP who are placed in general education classes in hopes of helping them meet higher goals and expectations as the general education students . It is these students inherent right to an education, the Individuals with Disabilities Act ensures students receive these services . Resource students are those who
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Special Education Practices and Implications only stay in the general education classroom for certain subjects and then return to their special education classroom, and inclusion students are those who stay in the general education classroom fulltime . We wanted to know how general education teachers format their lesson plans to accommodate their resource or inclusion students . Every teacher has an opinion of their school and the way things are run so we also asked them what they liked or disliked about their school’s special education service . All of the above questions are the things we were most curious to find how they are dealt with amongst the different elementary schools . Many people are not aware of the problems and obstacles that teachers face when dealing with resource or inclusion students . There are many needs that have to be met for IEP students and the resources needed to meet those needs, such as more assistance, are not easily available .
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course EDCI 2030 taught by Professor Feliciao'neal during the Spring '10 term at LSU.

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