Education of Students with an Intellectual Disability: Research and Practice
Education of Students with an Intellectual Disability is designed as a college-level textbook introducing readers to all aspects of intellectual disability in children, from birth to the end of schooling, with an educational focus. The book will be of interest to persons training as special education teachers or who are training as regular teachers with a focus on special education. It will also be relevant reading for parents of children with intellectual disability, for practicing teachers, and for other professionals working with such children (psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists).
The field of special education and intellectual disability practice has been strongly influenced by legislation in the United States. The United States is also the source of most research in the disability field. For this reason, there is an emphasis in this book on research and practice in the United States. However, there is also coverage of research and practice in Australia (where the author is located); the UK, where there are several leading research groups; and other parts of the world. Instructors may wish to use the book as the basis of a one-semester unit on the education of students with intellectual disability. EachChapter could be treated over 1 or 2 weeks, depending on the focus of the group and the particular interest of the instructor. A group with an early childhood focus would spend more time on early intervention. A secondary-focused group might spend more time on postschool options. Each major chapter - section has questions for discussion or reflection, and there are also discussion questions about the case studies provided in each Chapter.
The education of students with an intellectual disability has changed greatly over the last 25 years. The next 25 years are likely to produce even greater changes. I would be very happy to be in a situation where positive developments and improvements to the field were so rapid that this book would quickly become out-of-date. To those of you who are embarking on a teaching career or are already working in the profession, I wish you well. I hope that you and the other professionals and parents who read this book find that it provides you with some insights into the extraordinarily important area you are focused on: the education of students with an intellectual disability.
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