Self-Contained Classrooms

Self-contained classrooms are designed to accommodate students with special needs who may benefit from a more structured setting to learn. These classrooms often comprise students who need more support than is available in a general education classroom. Students may be placed in self-contained classrooms due to developmental disabilities, limited cognitive abilities, and/or other behavioral or emotional difficulties. While most self-contained classrooms are designated for individuals with support needs related to deficits in abilities, some are used for individuals who are gifted or advanced in particular areas. This entry discusses the development of self-contained classrooms and their pros and cons.

Development of Self-Contained Classrooms

The idea of self-contained classrooms primarily resulted from the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (Pub. L. No. 94-142) and the Individuals ...

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