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The Top Questions Asked About Inclusive Education

Patrick Schwarz

Question Ten: What are the research benefits of inclusive education?

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Patrick Schwarz: What are the research benefits of inclusive education? This kind of brings some things I was talking about all together: Higher quality IEPs developed. Greater IEP goals met. Students with and without disabilities scored higher on standardized tests. Students with and without disabilities made better learning progress. Greater social relationships. Behavioral prevention. And students with disabilities were more mature.

And there are a variety of different research studies and researchers, and the exciting thing is not all of researchers that I am finding these studies on different resources and resource networks, books and websites, and things such as that, are special education researchers. We also have general education researchers that are looking at national curriculum reports and practices for all students that are finding also the benefits from inclusive education. So they have embraced all learners in their research, which I am very excited about.

And these are the top ten questions that I hear the most from people about inclusive education. I hope I've provided some helpful and useful information today. And I wish everybody great success and support on your inclusive education journey. Thank you.

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