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Public Policy and the Handicapped: The Case of Mainstreaming


by Seymour B. Sarason & John Doris 1982

The speed with which mainstreaming as a concept, value, and public policy has emerged in our society is little short of amazing. Indeed, the change has come about so fast and with such apparent general approbation as to raise a question about what people understand about mainstreaming and its implications for schools. Let us try to gain some historical perspective on this question in the hope of avoiding an oversimple stance to a very complicated set of issues. To think that mainstreaming is desirable is no excuse for assuming that institutional realities will accommodate our hopes. To confuse change with progress is to set the stage for disillusionment.


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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 81, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 83 Number 5, 1982, p. 23-55
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19071, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 12:52:45 AM

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  • Seymour Sarason
    Yale University
    SEYMOUR B. SARASON is a professor of psychology at Yale University.
  • John Doris
    Cornell University
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    JOHN DORIS is the director of the Family Life Development Center (FLDC) in Cornell's College of Human Ecology.
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