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Critical Issues in Special Education: Access, Diversity, and Accountability

Critical Issues in Special Education: Access, Diversity, and Accountability
Author: Audrey McCray Sorrells - Herbert J. Rieth - Paul T
ISBN 13: 9780205340224
ISBN 10: 205340229
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2003-08-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
List Price: $114.00

This book represents the contributions of prominent researchers, teacher educators, policy makers, teachers, and parents on current and emerging issues facing the field of special education, and their critical thinking on how to ensure that students with disabilities receive free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.

The authors present divergent perspectives on the issues and concerns, including: (a) the emergence of more constructivistic instruction approaches that focus increasingly on higher order thinking; (b) new organization structures for administering schools; (c) standards-based reform and the use of high stakes testing for evaluating students; (d) the changing population and the increasingly diverse demographics of the students served in the public schools; (e) the onset of the information age and the increasingly visible role of technology in the schools and the workplace; (f) concerns about student discipline and violence in schools; (g) the continuing shortage of qualified and certified special education teachers, and (h) trends in higher education focused on the reform of teacher education such as changing standards for knowledge and skills, preparing teachers for changing roles as mentors, and changes in the teacher education process that may have precipitated or influenced issues in the field.

For special education providers such as parents and teachers and for anyone interested in the field of special education.