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The most widely-used text on the topic of collaboration, Interactions is a guide for preprofessionals and professionals to help them understand and participate effectively in their interactions with other school professionals and parents. It addresses collaboration as a style, with accompanying knowledge and skills, that guides practices in many education efforts.
Interactions provides a cutting-edge look at how teams of school professionals– special educators, general educators and related services professionals–can effectively work together to provide a necessary range of services to students with special needs. As a result, future teachers learn how to collaborate with school professionals and families to help special education students who are more often being placed in general education settings.
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Highlights of the Sixth Edition
NEW Families Chapter (Chapter 8) explores professional interactions with parents, the historical and current roles of families, and overview of family systems theory. Strategies for effectively interacting with families from diverse cultural groups are stressed.
NEW! Technology Tools. Recognizing the rapidly growing use of technology in the practice of collaboration, each chapter addresses specific technology applications for collabration, including new tools such as wikis and RSS feeds.
NEW! A Case for Collaboration. Each chapter concludes with realistic cases demonstrating ways in which concepts and practices are applied in actual situations.
NEW! Collaborative Activities. Application items designed for group interaction are found at the end of each chapter.
Cases and Vignettes. Case descriptions and vignettes are presented at the opening and throughout each chapter to illustrate relevant concepts and principles.
Putting Ideas into Practice. Features elaborate on concepts, skills, and practices as they’re applied in real school settings.
A Basis in Research. Pertinent research studies, recognizing the developing research base in the area of collaboration and the importance research-based practices.
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