Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan


This systematic review of the literature aimed to understand the advantages of placing special education students in mainstream classrooms and identify barriers to positive experiences among special education students. Findings from secondary data showed inclusion creates a stimulating learning environment, improves access to role models, and enhances self-respect and self-esteem. However, challenges like low self-esteem and resentment may contribute to feelings of exclusion among special education students. The findings of this study could be improved in the future by collecting primary data using surveys and interviews and recruiting a large sample to capture in-depth insights on the topic.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis