Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott;


The purpose of this literature review was to research the effectiveness of inclusive classroom strategies pertaining to academic achievement and social/behavioral achievement in students with disabilities along with which inclusive classroom strategies were more effective. Twenty-five research studies based on inclusive classrooms were reviewed and summarized throughout this literature review. While there were studies that saw a positive impact on a student’s academic success after being in an inclusive setting, a majority of the studies used in this literature review found no correlation between students with disabilities being included in an inclusive classroom and their academic achievement. It can also be concluded that the inclusive setting has a positive impact on a student with disabilities social and behavioral success at school. It was also found that co-teaching is an effective and widely used inclusive classroom strategy, along with differentiating instruction, scaffolding, and peer-tutoring.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis