Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott;


This thesis investigates some of the most apparent benefits of creating an inclusive classroom. Inclusion is a vital part of development for students with special education needs, but also directly benefits their general education peers and teachers as well. Some of these benefits are peer learning, forming connections with peers, and preparing the students for post-secondary life. This thesis also takes time to identify some of the areas that inclusion can have some perceived setbacks for both educators and students alike. Identifying these negatives are crucial for the advancement of inclusion, as it is necessary to know what areas need to improve in the future. A couple of the most common perceived setbacks are the teachers’ perceived abilities as well as lack of training to address those shortcomings. Additionally, it is perceived that students struggle with development opportunities and lose motivation. There are also a multitude of time constraints that both teachers and students face. Lastly, this paper addresses some methods for implementing inclusivity into the classroom, as well as improving current inclusionary tactics, such as creating awareness, establishing uniform training programs for educational professionals, and identifying methods to best serve the educational needs of the differently-abled students.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis