FORMAL WRITING ASSIGNMENT (Althea Pennerman)
COURSE: EDUC 415 – INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR INCLUSION
The Teacher Candidate will be able to discuss objectively the legal and ethical reasons why students with disabilities are being “included” in general education.
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
Access to the general education classroom for students who have special needs is mandated by law. However, there are different views on the logistics of this mandate even among special education scholars. The following assignment provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to examine objectively the major arguments for and against inclusion and hopefully shape their own beliefs during the process.
Mobile County has a reputation for being the most segregated in the state in terms of educating students with disabilities in the regular classroom. Imagine your class to be a local “Inclusion Advocacy” group that has decided to push for more inclusive classrooms in schools. In its efforts to become well informed about the topic, the group has identified a number of teachers at different levels in their careers to address the “Pros and Cons of Inclusion.” You were selected as an outstanding teacher candidate on the verge of graduating from a highly-esteemed teacher-training program. Write a 3-4 page, double-spaced, paper on the topic. You will submit a rough draft of the paper (insert date) for feedback from the instructor. Later (insert date) you will read your final paper to the class (“Inclusion Advocacy” group) who will also evaluate your paper using the same criteria as the instructor. While your peer evaluation will provide additional feedback for you, it will not influence your final grade. See “Instructor” and “Class” rubrics provided.