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Chapter 64: Inclusion
Nearly every professional in the field of education is familiar with the term inclusion, and most of them have a definite opinion about its merit. For over 2 decades, inclusion has been defined, discussed, dissected, and debated (e.g., Connor & Ferri, 2006). It has been praised as forward thinking and vilified as irresponsible. Now in the current era of school reform, attention is focused as never before on this often-mentioned, frequently misunderstood belief (Artiles, Harris-Murri, & Rostenberg, 2006; McLeskey & Waldron, 2007a). Thus, it is important to clarify the meaning of inclusion; examine the development of inclusion in American public schools; clarify the role of inclusion in contemporary education; and reflect on the risks, opportunities, and issues associated with it.
The term inclusion does ...