Making a Difference: Advocacy Competencies for Special Education Professionals / Edition 1

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Making a Difference: Advocacy Competencies for Special Education Professionals is the only single comprehensive source on the role and responsibility of special education professionals as advocates for children with disabilities. Most pre-service educational programs only cursorily cover the topic of advocacy, leaving many to enter the field without the knowledge and skills necessary for effective advocacy. This highly specialized book fills this training void by presenting the competencies, dispositions, knowledge, and skills necessary to become an effective advocate. Pre-service and in-service educators are introduced to topics such as ethical disposition, special education law, dispute resolution mechanisms, interpersonal communication skills, collaboration skills, and conflict resolution skills. In addition, numerous vignettes and case studies throughout help readers connect text concepts to real-life issues. Compassionate and informative, this book helps special education professionals learn how to make a difference in the educational lives of children with disabilities. For special education teachers and administrators.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205306299
  • Publisher: Pro-Ed, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Introduction
Ch. 1 The Need for Professional Advocacy in Special Education 1
Pt. II Essential Dispositions
Ch. 2 An Advocacy Disposition 15
Ch. 3 An Ethical Disposition 31
Ch. 4 A Family Support and Empowerment Disposition 42
Pt. III Essential Knowledge Bases
Ch. 5 Knowledge of Special Education Law 65
Ch. 6 Knowledge of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Special Education 93
Ch. 7 Knowledge of School Change Issues and Strategies 115
Pt. IV Essential Skills
Ch. 8 Interpersonal Communication Skills 130
Ch. 9 Collaboration Skills 149
Ch. 10 Conflict Resolution Skills 165
Ch. 11 Advocacy Skills and Strategies 184
Ch. 12 Ethical Analysis Skills 212
Pt. V Conclusion
Ch. 13 Special Education Advocacy Outcomes 234
References 243
Index 253
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