Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Access to the General Curriculum

Take a look at this article

This study, performed in 2006, was designed to test the progress of individuals with disabilities in different settings. Watching 19 students, data was collected through computers and was later compiled and compared. The study compares data against placing children in classrooms with “curriculum adaptations” and students with “access to the general education curriculum.” After in depth analysis the study determined that “students educated in divided and entire group physical arrangements had greater access to the general education curriculum than students educated in individual physical arrangements.” Furthermore, the study also found that students that worked independently had much more development. The study’s conclusion undeniably deserves attention in today’s school districts: “students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are capable of managing their own learning when working on content related to the general curriculum.” If nothing else, this is a plea for special education children to be given some well deserved independence. With paraprofessionals and assistants and peers always trying to help, it’s no wonder many feel frustrated with the educational process that they are capable of maneuvering themselves.