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MS in Special Education



First Supervisor

Susan M. Schultz



Inclusion has become the standard practice in the classroom today but many students continue to be pulled out of the classroom for various services such as counseling, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and extra support. It is up to the teachers and the parents to decide where the least restrictive environment is for the students in order for them to be the most successful. This study was conducted to determine any effects on students’ social success in the classroom. The study involved five general education teachers, two special education teachers, four parents, and six fourth grade students who are on IEPs. The general education teachers teach various grade levels ranging from first grade through sixth and one music teacher. Each teacher and parent was privately interviewed and the children were given an online questionnaire. Upon completion of the study, it is determined that each student should be treated as an individual and recognize that some are more successful in the classroom with their peers, while others do better in smaller settings. An ideal situation would be smaller class sizes with a general and special education teacher co-teaching together.

Keywords: Inclusion, Special Education, Social Success

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