Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities: Research-Based Practices

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For Methods and Curriculum courses for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities. With an interactive format and enthusiastic writing style, this text provides prospective teachers of learners with mild to moderate disabilities a full complement of very practical, yet research-based practices and strategies suitable for Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. The authors emphasize the need to consistently assess, plan, organize, implement, and evaluate instruction based on knowledge of the learner, intended learner outcomes, and the curriculum. Diversity and assessment are thoroughly integrated throughout the comprehensive coverage of both traditional and contemporary approaches to teaching. Considerable attention is given to classroom integration of both educational and assistive technologies. In addition, material on each curriculum area includes discussion of national performance standards as well as strategies for helping learners with disabilities access the general education curriculum.

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Encouraging high standards and expectations for all students, Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities: Research-Based Practices goes beyond other methods texts by personally connecting education professionals with the knowledge, tools, and practical strategies to be effective in today's diverse classrooms. Reflecting the latest laws, legislation, and standards, this text includes all the core concepts and best practices for teaching and learning both functional and academic skills for students with learning and behavioral problems.

Features of the Text:
  • Each chapter includes "Considering Diversity" features with specific advice, guidelines, and practices when working with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • Specific content-area chapters based on national performance standards provide specific and balanced strategies that promote learning for students in elementary through secondary schools.
  • "Using Technology" features focus on a variety of low-tech and high-tech materials, assistive technology devices, and software that can be used when teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities.
  • Numerous content-rich examples of traditional and contemporary approaches to teaching show educators how to teach in inclusive to self-contained classrooms. The "Research to Practice" boxes further highlight current research and how curriculum and instruction can be used in the various environments.
  • Offering a consistent format, this text links assessment, planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation through effective collaboration and working with families and other professionals.
  • Located at http://www.prenhall.com/cohen, the user-friendly Companion Website provides online resources for professors as well as students and is truly integrated throughout Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities: Research-Based Practices.

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Interactive in format and personal in manner, this book provides research-based practices and strategies for teaching children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities, including those students with learning and behavior problems, in kindergarten through grade 12. This lively text conveys enthusiasm about the practice of teaching and learning. The book emphasizes consistent assessing, planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on knowledge of the learner, the intended student outcomes, and the curriculum. Designed for future teachers and experienced educators or other professionals, this text may be used in undergraduate and graduate courses in methods and curriculum for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities and students with learning and behavior problems.

FEATURES

This book features comprehensive coverage of traditional and contemporary approaches. The text:

  • Encourages high expectations for students with disabilities
  • Emphasizes the research base for teaching methods and strategies
  • Links assessment with instruction directly
  • Integrates diversity as a theme throughout the book
  • Addresses the integration of technology and assistive technology into curricula and instruction
  • Includes a wealth of teaching strategies and skills
  • Highlights important topics—social skills, positive behaviors, reading, written communication, mathematics, science, social studies, study and learning skills, and transition skills

Focus

This text conveys research-based teaching methods, strategies, and assessment approaches that facilitate the learning and behavior of students with mild to moderate disabilities. It describes how to consider students' prior knowledge and experiences, needs, capabilities, interests, and intended outcomes when planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction. Separate chapters focusing on teaching reading, written communication, mathematics, science and social studies, and transition emphasize this philosophy. Several strands appear in each chapter. The first strand focuses on linking research to practice. The research base for instructional strategies is described and connected to teaching practices. The second strand emphasizes diversity. Understanding diversity perspectives is fundamental to teaching. The text describes how educators can ensure equity and fairness in the instruction and assessment of learners. The third strand, using technology, stresses integrating technology into teaching and learning. The text addresses a range of low-tech to high-tech materials, assistive technology devices, and software that can be used when teaching students with disabilities. This strand addresses the concept of universal desi8n, which makes teaching and learning accessible to all students. Finally, there is a strand on linking instruction with assessment. This strand is unique because assessment strategies that can be used to assess both state and national learning standards are described.

The book begins with Part I, "Foundations for Teaching," which provides foundational concepts in designing instruction. Separate chapters in this part discuss preparing to teach children and youth and characteristics of students. Part II, "How Teachers Teach," focuses on generic teaching considerations and on developing and enhancing social skills and promoting positive behaviors. Separate chapters in this part discuss linking instruction with assessment, planning and organizing instruction, methods of teaching, selecting instructional strategies, social skills, positive behaviors, and developing partnerships with educators, families, and paraprofessionals. Part III, "Curriculum Areas," provides separate chapters for teaching in content areas and includes suggestions for curriculum integration. Part IV, "Promoting Independence," is designed to provide students with information regarding the teaching of learning and study skills and the transition from school to work and the community.

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