Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals
Real People, Real Classrooms, Real Research.
In the second edition of Marilyn Friend’s introductory special education text, emphasis is on contemporary concepts and evidence-based practices that prepare teachers for their evolving role in the education and well-being of students with disabilities and other special needs.
Informed by her years of experience working with students with disabilities and their teachers, this trusted author combines research-informed concepts and skills with practical information for educators working in this challenging age of high standards and accountability, curriculum access, inclusive practices, professional collaboration, student diversity, and legislative change. The second edition fully reflects NCLB and IDEA 2004 legislation and regulations so that readers understand the most recent expectations for professional educators and their students. Throughout the book, the author grounds the discussion in the realities of today’s classrooms in a way that is concrete and compelling to future teachers. The text strikes a careful balance between the immediate concerns of novice educators with the broader human needs and experiences of students with exceptionalities and their families.
Real People, Real Classrooms:
Validated Teaching Practices. Consistent with today’s standards of practices in the field of special education, this text is filled with contemporary information, teaching approaches, strategies, and tips that are always based on research findings. Evidence-based practice features include:
Cutting Edge Information about Trends and Issues:
A unique chapter,Creating Partnerships through Collaboration(Chapter 4), provides a thorough introduction to collaboration that is essential for effective planning and implementation of programs.
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What Is Special Education?
Discrimination and the Beginning of Change
Prevalence of Students with Disabilities
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