A Rationale for the Merger of Special and Regular Education

  title={A Rationale for the Merger of Special and Regular Education},
  author={William C. Stainback and Susan B. Stainback},
  journal={Exceptional Children},
  pages={102 - 111}
The purpose of this article is to provide a rationale for the merger of special and regular education into one unified system structured to meet the unique needs of all students. The rationale for merger is based on two major premises. The first is that the instructional needs of students do not warrant the operation of a dual system. The second is the inefficiency of operating a dual system. The basic reasons for each premise are outlined and discussed, and some possible implications of merger… 

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