Introduction to Special Education: Teaching in an Age of Opportunity / Edition 4

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Overview

Introduction to Special Education provides an applied approach to children with disabilities by using specific and well-grounded research and suggestions to focus on how the educational practices impact the lives of children, their families, and their teachers. The Fourth Edition retains the overall organization that was perfected in its previous editions, with a basic overview of the field provided in the early chapters, and then the categories of disability covered in order of incidence. The Fourth Edition introduces a new and unique way of looking at the field of special education in the new millennium, seeking to both examine its history and present the challenges and possible solutions for its future. For anyone interested in special education.
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After presenting the fundamentals, Smith (Vanderbilt U.) examines a variety of disabilities, in order of their prevalence, beginning with learning disabilities. Also covered are speech and language impairments, mental retardation, giftedness, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical impairments, deafness, and blindness. The text concludes with a section on low-incidence disabilities, such as autism, deaf-blindness, and traumatic brain injury. Smith argues the need for individualized programs, integration and inclusion, research, legislation, and respect for diversity. The fourth edition cites 664 new references and provides expanded coverage of ADHD and the latest information about IDEA 97, its 1999 regulations and current implementations. Previous editions (and CiP) carried the subtitle . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205292226
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/10/2000
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.39 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters begin with “A Personal Perspective…,” “Advance Organizers,” and “Opportunities for the New Millenium.” All chapters end with “In Conclusion” and “Supplementary Resources.”

Preface.

1. The Context of Special Education: The Legacy of the Twentieth Century and the Promise of the Millennium.
The Essence of Disabilities.
Origins of Special Education.
Necessity for National Intervention.
The Legacy of the Twentieth Century.
The Development of Informed and Effective Solutions—The Opportunity of the New Millennium.

2. Individualized Education Programs: Planning and Delivering Services.
Special Education Services.
Individualized Special Education Programs.
Concepts and Controversy: High Stakes Testing: For Whom Are the Stakes the Highest?

3. Multicultural and Bilingual Special Education.
Multicultural and Bilingual Special Education Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention of Disabilities in Diverse Students.
Exceptional Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Changing Policies Affect Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Individuals.

4. Learning Disabilities.
Learning Disabilities Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Learning Disabilities.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy:Is ADHD a Disability?

5. Speech or Language Impairments.
Speech or Language Impairments Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Speech or Language Impairments.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Can We Afford Not To?

6. Mental Retardation.
Mental Retardation Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Mental Retardation.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Eugenics and Its Logical Extension.

7. Giftedness and Talent Development.
Giftedness and Talent Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes: Factors That Enhance or Inhibit Giftedness.
Gifted Children.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Do We Need a Different Way to Identify and Provide Gifted Education to Native American Students?

8. Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.
Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Behavioral Control through Medications, Is It Necessary?

9. Physical Impairments and Special Health Care Needs.
Physical Impairments and Special Health Care Needs Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Physical Impairments and Special Health Care Needs.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Inclusion vs. Segregation.

10. Deafness and Hard of Hearing.
Deafness and Hard of Hearing Defined.
History of the Field.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention of Hearing Impairments.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Cochlear Implants: To Do or Not To Do?

11. Low Vision and Blindness.
Visual Disabilities Defined.
History of the Field
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Low Vision and Blind Children.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: Is Literacy Necessary in the Twenty-First Century?

12. Autism, Deaf-Blindness, and Traumatic Brain Injury: Very Low Incidence Disabilities.
Autism.
Autism Defined.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Autism.
Deaf-Blindness.
Deaf-Blindness Defined.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with Deaf-Blindness.
Traumatic Brain Injury.
TBI Defined.
Prevalence.
Causes and Prevention.
Children with TBI.
Very Low Incidence Disabilities.
Educational Interventions.
Families.
Technology.
Concepts and Controversy: The Delicate Balance Between Segregation and Integration.

Glossary.

References.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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