Inclusive Education

1820 words 8 pages
Abstract
A paragraph from Desiderata says, “You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.” The paragraph is in consonance with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) 1994 Salamanca Statement which calls for the accommodation of all children, regardless of their physical, intellectual, emotional state in an ordinary school. The Framework for Action stipulates that children with special educational needs, namely: the gifted, the mentally retarded, the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, the orthopedically handicapped, the learning disabled, the speech defectives, the children with behavior problems, the autistic children and those with health
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(Mouton, J. & Marais, H.C. ,1990)
Inclusive Classroom
Inclusive classrooms look different all the time because the environment is created by whatever interactions the teacher and students have as a group or as individuals in the group, explains Marais, thinking of his second grade classroom in New York. It is a lot of work doing different things with people helping them, students moving from one environment to another. It is also a classroom where everybody is smiling, the students are actively engaged, and the teacher is delighted to be there. It sounds like pandemonium and looks messy. It is a place where students spend a lot of time and make lots of choices about what they are working o. It is a classroom where learning often happens in small groups with peer helping and supporting each other. It is a classroom with a lot of time for social interaction that means something to curriculum expectations. A student-centered classroom that develops students’ high level of responsibility for creating their community where students know others will be doing different things and the issue of fairness does not come into play because that is just the way it is. It is a classroom that reaches beyond the classroom and into the community as a resource for learning new skills. Inclusion

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