Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. Jared Schlenker
Inclusion of students with disabilities in the general classroom has many benefits for all students in the classroom, not just students with disabilities. Including students teaches all students kindness, compassion, and patience. For special education students, inclusion increases confidence, social skills, helps to create a sense of belonging, and makes learning more enjoyable. The purpose of this study was to see if students with disabilities make more progress being included in the general classroom with their peers or pulled into the resource room and placed on an alternate curriculum. Data was collected using progress monitoring scores and IEP goals. Results showed that students included in the general classroom made more progress than students who were placed on an alternate curriculum in the resource room. Students placed in the general classroom for reading instruction improved by 3.92 more points than students placed on an alternate reading curriculum. Students placed in the general classroom for math instruction improved by 9.317 more points than students placed on an alternate math curriculum. When looking at IEP goal progress, students on alternate curriculums showed progress on 90% of their goals. The students that were included in the general classroom showed progress on 100% of their goals.
Jensen, Tara, "The Importance Of Inclusive Classrooms For Students With Disabilities: Research Leading To The Creation Of A Needs Assessment To Support Inclusive Classrooms" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 4348.