Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education? Understanding Race and Disability in School

Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education? Understanding Race and Disability in School

by Beth Harry, Janette Klingner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807746258

ISBN-13: 9780807746257

Pub. Date: 12/08/2005

Publisher: Teachers College Press

This powerful book examines the disproportionate placement of Black and Hispanic students in special education. The authors present compelling stories representing the range of experiences that culturally and linguistically diverse students are apt to face in school. They examine the children's experiences, their families' interactions with school personnel, the…  See more details below

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This powerful book examines the disproportionate placement of Black and Hispanic students in special education. The authors present compelling stories representing the range of experiences that culturally and linguistically diverse students are apt to face in school. They examine the children's experiences, their families' interactions with school personnel, the teachers' and schools' estimation of the children and their families, and the school climate that influences decisions about referrals. Based on the authors' work in a large, culturally diverse school district, the book concludes with recommendations for improving educational practice and teacher training and for policy renewal.

About the Author:
Beth Harry is a professor of special education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami, Florida

About the Author:
Janette Klingner is an associate professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807746257
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
12/08/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Overview : ethnic disproportionality in special education1
2School structure : institutional bias and individual agency23
3Cultural consonance, dissonance, and the nuances of racism40
4In the classroom : opportunity to learn56
5The construction of family identity : stereotypes and cultural capital70
6At the conference table : the discourse of identity construction91
7Bilingual issues and the referral process113
8Constructing educable mental retardation : cracks and redundancies123
9Constructing learning disabilities : redundancies and discrepancies132
10Constructing behavior disorders : from troubling to troubled behavior146
11Into special education : exile or solution?159
12Conclusion173

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