Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patricia R. Whitfield, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jennifer M. Apperson, Ph.D.


Inclusion is one of the most controversial issues facing education today. With the passing of p·.L. 94-142, all children were guaranted the right to a free and appropriate education. The major concern is whether or not the regular education classroom is appropriate for all children.

The purpose of. this study was to survey regular and special education teachers regarding inclusion . One-hundred ninety-five regular and special education teachers in the state of Virginia completed a survey assessing their perceptions of inclusion . The results showed a significant difference between regular and special education'teachers' outlook on inclusion . Implications of the results are discussed.



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