What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education: Using Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies

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Teachers around the globe are anxious to develop genuine, evidence-based policies and practices in their teaching of children with special educational needs, yet this field is notorious for the significant gap that exists between research and practice.

What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education presents educators of learners with special educational needs with a range of strategies they can implement right away in the classroom. David Mitchell, a leading writer in special and inclusive education, has distilled a huge range of recent studies that have the most genuine potential for improving the practices of teachers and schools, in order to help them produce high-quality learning and social outcomes for all.

Each of the twenty-four strategies included in the book has a substantial research base, a sound theoretical rationale, clear practical guidelines on how they can be employed, as well as cautions about their use.

The book covers:

  • strategies for arranging the context of learning, such as inclusive education, cooperative group teaching and the classroom climate
  • cognitive strategies, including self-regulated learning, memory enhancement and cognitive behavioural therapy
  • behavioural strategies, addressing issues of functional assessment and direct instruction
  • formative assessment and feedback
  • assistive technology and opportunities to learn

While the book focuses on learners with special educational needs, most of the strategies are applicable to all learners.

This ground-breaking book will be welcomed by any teacher working in special and inclusive education settings who has neither the time nor the inclination to engage with theory-heavy research, yet wants to ensure that their teaching strategies are up-to-the-minute and proven to be the most effective best practices. Researchers, teacher educators and psychologists will also find this book informative and unique in its scope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415369268
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mitchell
David Mitchell
David Mitchell is one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2003. His first novel, Ghostwritten, won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and his second, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Herefordshire, England.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A Learning and Teaching Model 3. Strategy 1: Inclusive Education 4. Strategy 2: Cooperative Group Teaching 5. Strategy 3: Peer Tutoring 6. Strategy 4: Collaborative Teaching 7. Strategy 5: Parent Involvement 8. Strategy 6: School Culture 9. Strategy 7: School-wide Positive Behaviour Support 10. Strategy 8: Indoor Environmental Quality 11. Strategy 9: Classroom Climate 12. Strategy 10: Social Skills Training 13. Strategy 11: Cognitive Strategy Instruction 14. Strategy 12: Self-regulated Learning 15. Strategy 13: Mnemonics and other Memory Strategies 16. Strategy 14: Reciprocal Teaching 17. Strategy 15: Phonological Awareness and Phonological Processing 18. Strategy 16: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 19. Strategy 17: Behavioural Approaches 20. Strategy 18: Functional Behavioural Assessment 21. Strategy 19: Direct Instruction 22. Strategy 20: Review and Practice 23. Strategy 21: Formative Assessment and Feedback 24. Strategy 22: Assistive Technology 25. Strategy 23: Augmentative and Alternative Communication 26. Strategy 24: Opportunities to Learn. Index

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