The purpose and goal of my research on mainstreamed education is for people to better understand the topic of mainstreaming as well as the purpose it can serve in providing a child with new opportunities. Mainstreamed education, in this case, is being referred to as putting a child with mild to severe learning disabilities in a regular classroom setting rather than placing them into an inclusive classroom whose students are all handicapped in a way.
To discover that a family member suffers from a condition that results in some form of life long disability is, naturally a tremendous blow. Determining what kind of education they will receive is important to their growth and independence as a person. So what are some differences between mainstream classes and special education classes? Of course, the main difference between both classes is that special ed classes go at a much slower pace in a much more structured environment. As a student with a disability, you are allowed to have an aid follow you around and assist you with your schoolwork and other everyday task that one with a disability might have trouble with.
If mainstreaming turns out to be too difficult for a child, parents have the option of either putting them in a LD (learning disability) class full time or they can mix it up between both mainstream and LD classes (Crockette, 1999). This can also benefit someone with a disability by giving them the experience of a mainstream classroom setting but also taking them out if they are harder learning at certain subjects.
At first most parents are unsure of doing this. After all most believe that if their child may be teased and seen as an outcast by other children if put into regular classes. The main goal behind mainstreaming is so that students will have a better aspect in regards to looking at their peers (Fink, 2000). Those handicapped have a higher chance of learning how to communicate and understand strangers then they would... [continues]
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