Special Education in Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Exceptionality / Edition 2

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"The real strength of Richard Gargiulo's text is that it does not overwhelm the readers. Learning the vast-and often complex-field of special education is no easy task. Yet, the text meets this challenge head-on." --Bruce A. Shields, Ph.D., Daemen College

"Given the myriad of introductory textbooks on the market, I have continued using Gargiulo's text as it offers a clear, understandable overview of exceptionality and a wealth of resources that compliment my instruction." --Emiliano C. Ayala, Ph.D., Sonoma State University

"The 'First Person' features are very well done and the students love them!" --Michelle LaRocque, PhD, Florida Atlantic University

Special Education in Contemporary Society, Third Edition provides a highly readable and research-based introduction to special education. Richard Gargiulo believes teachers need more than just academic knowledge about exceptionality-they need an awareness and understanding of the human side of exceptional students and their families. Special Education in Contemporary Society, Third Edition is a comprehensive text with a "people first" approach that gives pre-service teachers a first-hand look into the lives of exceptional children, their families, and their mentors.

Key Features & Benefits:

  • Shares the honest and engaging first person accounts of individuals with disabilities in First Person features
  • Provides targeted teaching strategies and suggestions with New Effective Instructional Practices boxes
  • Covers and integrates INTASC and CECstandards and Praxis II core principles
  • Incorporates new coverage of Deaf-blindness
  • Includes new and updated content in the key pedagogical features throughout: Chapter-opening narratives, "First Person" boxes, "Suggestions for the Classroom," "Making Inclusion Work," "Learning Activities," and "Technology Tips"

Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries:

  • New and comprehensive companion website with student and instructor resource materials including chapter quizzes, full text SAGE journal articles and activities, flashcards and more.
  • Instructor's Resource CD-ROM with a test bank, PowerPoint lectures, computerized testing, and more. Contact SAGE to request your copy.

Intended Audience: Special Education in Contemporary Society, Third Edition is an introductory text for the Introduction to Special Education and Introduction to Exceptionality courses.

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Editorial Reviews

Jerry Neal
My SAGE Rep, Ian Boys, REALLY sold us on this text. The capacity for using this text for online course delivery is just phenomenal! We will be using it for a new course that we just developed for Spring 2012, and we are really excited to be using a text with such great online support.
Jenny Fererro
“This is a well-written, comprehensive, well-organized text. It is obvious that much thought has been put into the supplementary materials and features.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534626419
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Gargiulo is a professor of special education in the School of Education at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He received his Master's degree and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1999, he was awarded the University's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic and has authored numerous books on the subjects of special education, early childhood education, and child abuse and neglect. He has been president of the Council for Exceptional Children and president of the Division on Autism and Development Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children.

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Table of Contents

Special Features

Pt. I Foundations of Special Education

1 Special Education in Context: People, Concepts, and Perspectives 3

2 Policies, Practices, and Programs 43

3 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Exceptionality 85

4 Parents, Families, and Exceptionality 113

Pt. II A Study of Individuals with Special Needs

5 Individuals with Mental Retardation or Intellectual Disabilities 141

6 Individuals with Learning Disabilities 195

7 Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 243

8 Individuals with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders 275

9 Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders 325

10 Individuals with Speech and Language Impairments 361

11 Individuals with Hearing Impairments 395

12 Individuals with Visual Impairments 447

13 Individuals with Physical Disabilities, and Related Low-Incidence Disabilities 487

14 Individuals Who are Gifted and Talented 541

App. A Federal Definitions of Disabilities 592

App. B Professional Standards 594

Glossary 612

References 628

Name Index 661

Subject Index 675

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