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Special Education: A Reference Book for Policy & Curriculum Development


The US Department of Education notes that, “in 1970, U.S. schools educated only one in five children with disabilities, and many states had laws excluding certain students, including children who were deaf, blind, emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded, from its schools.” Now, they estimate that more than 6.5 million children and youths receive special education and related services to meet their individual needs. This remarkable resource combines the history, developments and current trends in the field, along with resources to direct users to much-needed sources of support.

 In over 400 information-packed page this resource:

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to special education, the broad number of disciplines that inform it, how it has evolved, and provides a context for understanding the current challenges and controversies surrounding the issue
  • Focuses on contemporary research regarding such issues as cognitive development, multiple intelligences, different learning styles, technology and interventions
  • Updated with current changes to the No Child Left Behind and Individuals with Disabilities Education Acts
  • Explores how special education developed as an outgrowth of regular education and provides a context for understanding its current challenges and controversies
  • Covers the history and laws related to special education

Other important features include:

  • Useful Directory of organizations, associations and government agencies relating to special education
  • Updated Chronology of Events in the evolution of the concept of special education
  • New Primary Documents section
  • Easy-to-use Bibliography
  • Cumulative Index

This new resource is a must-have for education grant writing, curriculum development projects and information outreach programs that are so important to special education programs.  Inside, readers will find detailed information on the latest techniques, latest research results and new multi-disciplinary approaches, information that can be put to work immediately in building flexible, responsive special education programs.  For an administrator, student, teacher or non-profit organization interested in the field, this will be the go-to resource to have. 

The comprehensive coverage of this important topic will make this resource a must-have for all public, university and high school libraries, in addition to the reference collection of university education departments and school districts.


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Pub. Date: September 2018
Softcover: 450 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68217-950-5
Price: $165
Includes Free Online Access on the Salem Press Platform
e-ISBN: 978-1-68217-749-5
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