The inclusive classroom is that of including all students, of various diversities. While historical advances were made through various court proceedings, one of significance would be the development of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, or IDEA. The main goal in the IDEA act is that equal education for all children, in the Least Restrictive Environment. Alongside the need for inclusion for students with disabilities, it is worth exploring the need for inclusion in reference to other unique learners; gifted and talented, linguistically and culturally diverse, and children who face components that result in them being at-risk. Upon learning of the unique learners, inclusive teaching is also that of multicultural education as result of cultural pluralism. Additionally, understanding different elements and components that may be present in the succession of inclusion is of crucial understanding. Many individuals and their effort to understand, collaborate, effectively communicate, and develop partnerships are key in the success and advancement of inclusion. Inclusion is imperative for growing youth, as it allows all children from many various lifestyles to come together to learn in the most effective way, while also experiencing and accepting diversity. Inclusion supports the ability to succeed for all children, in the most effective approach for their individual needs and mind.

Keywords: inclusion, diversity, mainstreaming, disabilities

Year Manuscript Completed

Summer 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, Ph.D.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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