Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals (with MyEducationLab) (3rd Edition) (Pearson Custom Education)

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Real Teachers, Real Families and Students, Real Classrooms, Real Research.


Contemporary concepts and evidence-based practices prepare new teachers for their roles in the education and well-being of students with disabilities and other special needs.  Marilyn Friend combines research-informed concepts and skills with practical information for educators working in this challenging age of high standards and accountability, curriculum access, inclusive practices, professional collaboration, and student diversity.  The third edition integrates the requirements of the NCLB and IDEA legislation with evidence-based practices so that readers understand the expectations for educators and students, and learn how critical concepts translate into educational practices.  



Real People, Real Classrooms:

  • Chapter Opening Vignettes describe the experiences of three different students of varying ages as they relate to the topics discussed in each chapter and are referenced at key points in the chapter.
  • Firsthand Account features real life stories from teachers, students, parents, and school professionals sharing their own experiences and perspectives relating to life and learning with special needs.
  • Speaking from Experience features capture the insights and advice of experienced teachers on topics ranging from working effectively with colleagues to finding ways to juggle all the responsibilities of being a special educator to addressing a variety of professional challenges, including those related to student behavior and family concerns.   

 Real Research:

  • Instruction in Action highlight teaching application for intensive instruction delivered by special education teachers in various educational settings.
  • Positive Behavioral Supports illustrates the many positive, proactive ways to address students’ behavior/social issues as part of overall classroom teaching and learning.

Cutting Edge Information

  • Technology Notes features showcase fascinating instructional and assistive technology applications for teaching students with exceptional needs in special educational settings as well as links to information that can help beginning teachers plan their lessons, motivate their students, and keep abreast of their rapidly changing field.
  • Professional Edge features describe conceptual materials and cutting edge information that connect theory to practice.

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Prepare with the Power of Classroom Practice.

·  Take Practice Tests for each chapter of your text.
— Completion of each practice test generates a study plan that is unique to you.
—  The study plan links to text excerpts activities with feedback, and videos and other media that can help you master concepts covered in your text.
· Complete Assignments and Activities to apply text content to real classroom situations.
·  Authentic classroom video shows real teachers and students interacting, and helps prepare you for the classroom.
·  Explore the Building Teaching Skills and Dispositions exercises to practice and strengthen the skills that are essential to teaching.
·  Case studies offer real-life perspectives on common issues and challenges faced in the classroom.
·  Authentic student and teacher classroom artifacts provide you with the actual types of materials encountered every day by teachers.

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ISBN-13: 9780131381216
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About the Author:

Marilyn Friend has been a professional educator for more than thirty years.  She has worked as a general education teacher and a special education teacher, as well as a teacher educator, researcher, and staff developer.  Her specific areas of expertise include collaboration among school professionals, inclusive practices, coteaching, and differentiated instruction.  What makes Dr. Friend somewhat unique is the balance in her professionals activities:  Although she is a university faculty member, she maintains close contact with elementary, middle, and high school professionals; and she helps educators in rural, suburban, and urban school districts to refine their practices for meeting diverse student needs.  Currently, she is a professor of special education in the Department of Specialized Education services at the Unviersity of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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