Critical Issues in Special Education: Access, Diversity, and Accountability / Edition 1

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This book represents the contributions of prominent researchers, teacher educators, policy makers, teachers, and parents on current and emerging issues facing the field of special education, and their critical thinking on how to ensure that students with disabilities receive free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. The authors present divergent perspectives on the issues and concerns, including: (a) the emergence of more constructivistic instruction approaches that focus increasingly on higher order thinking; (b) new organization structures for administering schools; (c) standards-based reform and the use of high stakes testing for evaluating students; (d) the changing population and the increasingly diverse demographics of the students served in the public schools; (e) the onset of the information age and the increasingly visible role of technology in the schools and the workplace; (f) concerns about student discipline and violence in schools; (g) the continuing shortage of qualified and certified special education teachers, and (h) trends in higher education focused on the reform of teacher education such as changing standards for knowledge and skills, preparing teachers for changing roles as mentors, and changes in the teacher education process that may have precipitated or influenced issues in the field. For special education providers such as parents and teachers and for anyone interested in the field of special education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205340224
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/21/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 439,526
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Foundational Issues.

1. The Historical Contexts of Special Education: Framing Our Understanding of Contemporary Issues, by J. David Smith, The University of Virginias College at Wise.

2. Contemporary Legal Issues in Special Education, by Mitchell L. Yell and Erik Drasgow, University of South Carolina, Renee Bradley and Troy Justesen, Office of Special Education Programs.

3. Classification Issues in Special Education for English Language Learners, by James R. Yates and Alba A. Ortiz, The University of Texas at Austin.

4. Trends in Placement Issues, Sherman Dorn, University of South Florida, and Douglas Fuchs, Vanderbilt University.

5. Multicultural Perspectives in Special Education: A Call for Responsibility in Research, Practice and Teacher Preparation, by Audrey McCray Sorrells, The University of Texas at Austin, Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson, The University of Texas at Austin, and Brenda L. Townsend, University of South Florida.

II. Intervention Issues.

6. Issues in Early Intervention, by Melissa L. Olive, The University of Texas at Austin, and Mary A. McEvoy, University of Minnesota.

7. Issues in Curriculum Based Assessment, by Rose M. Allinder, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lynn S. Fuchs and Douglas Fuchs, Vanderbilt University.

8. Instructional Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities, by Sylvia Linan-Thompson, The University of Texas at Austin.

9. Sustainability of Research Based Practices: Implications for Students with Disabilities, by Sharon Vaughn, The University of Texas at Austin, Marie Tejero Hughes, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Janette K. Klingner, University of Colorado at Boulder.

10. Trends and Issues in Behavioral Interventions, by Lewis Polsgrove and Theresa Ochoa, both of Indiana University, Bloomington.

11. Transition Issues: Process, Practices, and Perspectives, by James R. Patton, The University of Texas at Austin.

12. Trends and Issues in Instructional and Assistive Technology, by Herbert J. Rieth, The University of Texas at Austin, Linda K. Colburn, Vanderbilt University, and Diane P. Bryant, The University of Texas at Austin.

13. Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling: Interface with and Implications for Special Education, by James Schaller, The University of Texas at Austin, Nancy K. Yang, Educational and Research Consultant, and Sophie Chien-Huey Chang, National Taiwan Normal University.

III. Personnel Preparation Issues.

14. Teacher Education: Toward a Qualified Teacher for Every Classroom, by Mary T. Brownell, Michael S. Rosenberg, Johns Hopkins University, Paul T. Sindelar, University of Florida, and Deborah D. Smith, Vanderbilt University.

15. Leadership Personnel in Special Education: Can Persistent Shortage be Resolved? By Deborah D. Smith, Georgine M. Pion, and Naomi Chowdhuri Tyler, all of Vanderbilt University.

IV. Special Education Futures.

16. Reshaping Public Policy: From Access to Accountability, by Michael L. Hardman and Katherine Nagle, both of the University of Utah.

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