Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
For this Capstone Project the researcher will investigate how instructors view the environment of the classroom when there is a mix of special needs students incorporated into the general population classroom setting and what they think could be done to improve the environment. The inclusion of special needs is necessary for fair and equal treatment; further, by separating the general population from special needs students, brings about a culture of segregation that can have lifelong impacts. Through an evaluation of scholarly literature and interviews conducted with teachers at an elementary school the findings uncovered three emergent themes: collaboration with teachers in other districts that practice co-teaching, advocate to the local school board the need for more paraprofessionals to support inclusive classrooms, and co-teacher training and workshops to support future implementation. Based upon the findings of this research paper and interviews conducted, an action to provide co-teacher training and workshops, and advocate to the local school board the need for more paraprofessionals to support inclusive classrooms will provide the foundation of support our educators need to be successful.
Mistler, Robert, "Improving Inclusion: The Ongoing and Transformative Process of Improving Education Systems to Meet the Needs of all Students" (2021). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1183.