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This is the second of two-themed volumes addressing "Current Issues and Trends in Special Education." Volume 20 covers research, technology, and teacher preparation, whereas Volume 19 covered identification, assessment, and instruction.
Volume 20 addresses issues that impact all teachers, such as preparation of teachers; multicultural considerations for instruction; the use of assistive technology with special needs students; transition planning, preparation, and implementation; language, communication, and education; and quantitative and qualitative research endeavors.
The field of special education constantly changes as a result of legislation, new instructional formats and current research investigations. It can be difficult for general and special educators, school counselors and psychologists, administrators, and practicing clinicians to keep up with these changes and be current in all areas relating to special education. The special education literature knowledge base should reflect these changes; however, there is no current resource that effectively and comprehensively does this. The purpose of Current Issues and Trends in Special Education is to fill this void, providing chapters written by active researchers and practitioners in their respective areas.
List of Contributors ix
Part I Research in Education
Chapter 1 Quantitative Research in Education: Impact on Evidence-Based Instruction Frederick J. Brigham 3
Chapter 2 Qualitative Research in Education: Other Methods of Seeking Knowledge Julia B. Stoner 19
Part II Language, Communication, and Education
Chapter 3 Bilingualism and Education: Educating At-Risk Learners Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala 43
Chapter 4 Mastering English to Enhance Education Dike Okoro 59
Part III Technology and Students with Disabilities
Chapter 5 Using Assistive Technology to Support the Instructional Process of Students with Disabilities Howard P. Parette, Jr. George R. Peterson-Karlan 73
Chapter 6 Technology and Students with Disabilities: Does it Solve all the Problems Emily C. Bouck 91
Part IV Multicultural Education
Chapter 7 Multicultural Education: A Necessary Tool for General and Special Education Satasha L. Green 107
Chapter 8 Multicultural Education: Not a General and Special Education Panacea Festus E. Obiakor 123
Part V Transition
Chapter 9 Transition Planning, Preparation, and Implementation: Collaboration and Consultation at Work Kagendo Mutua James Siders 145
Chapter 10 Transition: Why it does not Work Michelle J. McCollin Festus E. Obiakor 163
Part VI How Prepared are Teachers?
Chapter 11 Increasing Professionalism Through Teacher Preparation Elizabeth Drame 177
Chapter 12 Teaching is not a Profession: How General and Special Education Teacher Education have Failed Barbara J. Dray Cathy Newman Thomas 187