Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals

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Real Teachers. Real Families and Students. Real Students. Real Classrooms.

 

The Fourth Edition of Marilyn Friend’s Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals gives the most authentic, current, research-based introductory account on the field of special education to date. Advocating real teachers, real families and students, real classrooms, and real research, this comprehensive resource emphasizes contemporary concepts and evidence-based practices that prepare teachers and other education professionals for their evolving roles in education and the well-being of students with disabilities. Combining current research with practical information, the text offers structure and predictability for novices to the field of special education and for educators working in this challenging age of high standards and accountability.  Thoroughly revised and updated and throughout to provide a multi-dimensional view of the field. Because special education is made up of real children and real professionals, the author helps to put a “face” on the field to enliven and authenticate the information for novices. Each chapter features stories of individuals with disabilities, from the parents of children with disabilities, and from professionals who work in the field. Readers of this truly exceptional resource will come away with the best understanding of the expectations for educators and students, and learn how critical concepts translate into educational practices.  

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Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her entire career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, researcher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Past-President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Dr. Friend has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (giving more than 3000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to create classroom partnerships, to form productive and efficient work teams, and to foster inclusive practices.

 

In addition to Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals (4th edition, 2014), she is the co-author with Dr. Lynne Cook of Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals (7th edition, 2013), co-author with Dr. William Bursuck on Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers (6th edition, 2012), and the author of Co-Teach! A Manual for Creating and Sustaining Classroom Partnerships (2nd edition, 2013). In addition, she is the co-producer on a series of videotapes about collaboration, co-teaching, and inclusion, including The Power of Two (2nd edition, 2005) and More Power: Instruction in Co-Taught Classes (2010). Dr. Friend is the author of more than 50 articles on collaboration, inclusive practices, and related topics.

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