Inclusion In The Classroom:
What It looks Like and Who It Is For
When referring to a group or institution the word inclusion is many times considered
important. Although the word is thrown around many places it is important that is defined and specified how it relates to the area that is considered inclusive. Something that is initially interesting that was found when researching the word inclusion is that the general assumption when speaking of inclusion was in terms of how it applies to education. When inclusion is placed in a general search in the search engine of Google most of the suggestions were education related. Why this is interesting is because there is an ongoing emphasis on inclusion in education. Whether it is because it is something that has needed a change, in the process of establishing a change, or simply has always been of emphasis, inclusion is, nevertheless, strongly associated with education.
Some definitions found on the Marriam Webster online dictionary were very interesting that were specifically related to chemistry and biology. One definition that specifically related to education is, “the act or practice of including students with disabilities in regular school classes”
(Inclusion). Although this is a very interesting definition it does not necessarily suffice since it included inclusion within the definition. Looking more into the meaning of the word include, on
Dictionary.com a definition was given stating, “to include is to contain as a part or member, or among the parts and members, of a whole” (Include). In essence inclusion is being part of the whole. In a school setting inclusion would mean every student is a part of the school with no one left out.
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Along with defining inclusions, what this actually looks like in education can also be discussed. In the classroom inclusion represents an environment where all the students or staff members feel safe and welcomed. This means that despite any differences that these people have in the classroom no one feels left out of the group or as if they do not belong. King states in an academic article that whether a student has strengths, weaknesses, or disabilities an inclusive education means all of these students become part of the schools community. Furthermore these students feel a belonging among students and the staff of the school (King). Similarly, inclusionBC’s official website states that an inclusive classroom all students are supported to learn as well as are able to contribute and participate in all aspects that the classroom or school offers. These classrooms are designed to hold programs and activities that can allow all students to learn and contribute to together (What). An inclusive classroom is a safe place that allows students to be themselves and learn together.
A valid question concerning inclusion would be if some students for whom inclusion is not appropriate. To the question about whether inclusive education is for everyone inclusionBC states, “The simple answer is yes” (What). This is clearly a very succinct response but then an elaborated response is offered, some individuals may need to spend more time outside of class for a certain purpose so that they can effectively learn but this does not mean that if someone does not need this help they are excluded (What). Even if a student does not need additional assistance they to are included in this inclusive