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Loiacono, Vito; Palumbo, Anthony – International Journal of Special Education, 2011
Local educational agencies are challenged to teach students classified with autism in general education inclusive settings. Findings of empirical studies have reported many educators lacked the necessary pedagogical coursework and training to meet the instructional needs of these students. Building principals have reported they lacked the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Principals, Elementary Schools
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Loiacono, Vito; Valenti, Valerie – International Journal of Special Education, 2010
The sustained increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has become a widespread concern throughout the US as well as globally. Federal mandates (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA], 2004; No Child Left Behind [NCLB]) have directed state education departments and local educational…
Descriptors: Intervention, General Education, Federal Legislation, Autism
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Kilanowski-Press, Lisa; Foote, Chandra J.; Rinaldo, Vince J. – International Journal of Special Education, 2010
This study investigates the current state of inclusion practices in general education classrooms via survey of 71 inclusion teachers currently serving as special educators across the state of New York. Specifically, small group instruction, co-teaching, one-to-one instruction, and planning support are explored in relationship to class size, number…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, General Education, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Experience