BENEFITS AND DEFICITS OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The purpose of this meta-analysis was to discover if there are more benefits or deficits associated with inclusive education specifically for students with disabilities. The benefits found to be associated with inclusive education for students with disabilities were increased social interaction with non-disabled peers, greater academic gains, raised standards on IEP objectives, development of adaptive behavior, and development of more appropriate behavior. Research was limited regarding the deficits associated with inclusive education for students with disabilities, however, identified deficits were students being isolated by their non-disabled peers, a decrease in academic self-concept, feeling a lack of acceptance from teachers, and the possibility of inappropriate instruction. I reviewed these academic sources in order to determine if inclusive education truly poses benefits for all students with disabilities. The research indicates that there are more benefits associated with inclusive education for students with disabilities than there are deficits. Moreover, I suggest that districts evaluate each student with disabilities placement on a case-by-case basis, focusing more on which placement would provide the most appropriate instruction for that particular student rather than pressure being placed on districts to implement full inclusion.
Keywords: inclusive education, benefits, deficits, students with disabilities, inclusion
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Daugherty, Madelyn, "BENEFITS AND DEFICITS OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES" (2023). Integrated Studies. 423.