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Inclusion, Mainstreaming and Differentiated Instruction: Mainstreaming

What is Mainstreaming?

Students with disabilities are included in the regular classroom if they can meet regular student expectations without requiring great additional assistance (Friend & Bursuck, 1996).  In a mainstreaming school, students with disabilities may not spend all of their time in the regular classrooom.

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More Broad Terms:

Inclusive Education

Exceptional Children


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Students with disabilities

Individualized instruction

Special Education

Differentiated instruction Gifted children-- education   
Differentiated classrooms


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