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Release: June 14, 2000
Academy publishes Kavale paper on students with learning disabilities
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Academy of Education has published a research
paper by Kenneth A. Kavale, a University of Iowa professor of special education,
titled "Inclusion: Rhetoric and Reality Surrounding the Integration of
Students with Disabilities."
The paper is the second in an occasional research paper series launched
in September by the academy to promote informed discussion and debate among
educational scholars, leaders and policymakers in Iowa. The first paper was
"Community College Effects on Students: A Review of Recent Evidence"
by Ernest T. Pascarella, the University of Iowa's Mary Louise Peterson Professor
of Higher Education in the College of Education.
The academy was created in 1997 by the Des Moines-based FINE (First in the
Nation in Education) Foundation. More than half of its 15 members are professors
from the University of Iowa, including Kavale.
In his contribution to the paper series, Kavale -- a nationally recognized
authority on learning disabilities -- examines the history of the debate over
inclusion and summarizes research on aspects of the issue. He first traces
the movement from mainstreaming and calls for "the least restrictive
environment" in 1975 to the shift to a more integrated system during
the 1980s under the Regular Education Initiative. More recently, students
with learning disabilities have been completely integrated into age-appropriate
general education classrooms with no separate special education.
Copies of Kavale's and Pascarella's papers are available by contacting Joann
Vaske, executive director of the FINE Foundation, at email@example.com.