Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals

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In this exciting new text, Marilyn Friend's contemporary treatment of special education prepares teachers for their evolving role in the education and well-being of students with special needs. Informed by her years of experience working with exceptional students and their teachers, this trusted author combines validated research with practical information for educators working in the challenging age of inclusion, professional collaboration, student diversity, and legislative change. Throughout the book, she grounds the discussion in the realities of today's classrooms in a way that is concrete and compelling to future teachers whose concerns must always be the practical, yet whose actions must also consider the broader human needs and experiences of students with exceptionalities and their families.

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“The chapter on collaboration is an excellent addition that most texts of this type do not include, and I believe it is a unique, positive feature of this text. None of the introductory texts I've looked at have had such a thorough introduction to this topic.”
Cynthia Herr—University of Oregon

“I like the balance achieved between professional delivery and family need. This degree of collaboration is long overdue and is welcomed.”
James A. Siders—The University of Southern Mississippi

“One strength of the text is that ...the parents are clearly included as a component of the team rather than an “outside party”.”
Philip Lee Gunter—Valdosta State University

This exciting new text's contemporary treatment of special education prepares teachers for their role in the education and well being of students with special needs. Some features include ...

  • Real People, Real Stories: Special Education bring the experience of people with disabilities to life for your students. The text includes powerful stories of people with disabilities and the stories of the people who live and work with them.
  • Validated Teaching Practices: This text is filled with information and teaching approaches, strategies, and tips based on validated, peer-reviewed research findings.
    • “Specialized Instruction” highlights teaching applications for intensive instruction delivered by special education teachers in various educational settings.
    • “Inclusion Matters” presents teaching applications for students with various needs in general education settings.
    • “Collaboration in Action” explores the practical applications of collaborative school relationships.
    • “Positive Behavior Supports” illustrates the many positive, proactive ways to address student behavior/social issues as part of overall classroom teaching and learning.
  • Unique Content Coverage: Recurring sections in all chapters include discussion of critical areas such as content area learning, social and emotional characteristics, early childhood, transition, parents and families, inclusive practices, best educational practices, and current trends and issues.

About the Author:

Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer.  She is currently Chairperson and Professor of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she teaches coursework on inclusive practices and collaboration among service providers.  She has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to form productive and efficient work teams, to learn the best ways to manage awkward or adversarial conversations, and to communicate effectively with parents.  Her particular areas of interest include skills for collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building, shared problem solving, interpesonal communication, and home-school communication.  She is the author (with Dr. Lynne Cook) of Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals, 5/e (c) 2007 and (with Dr. William Bursuck)  Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers, 4e (c) 2006.


In addition, Dr. Friend...

  • has made over 1000 presentations to educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
  • has published over 40 articles on topics related to collaboration and inclusive practices.
  • has co-produced a videotape The Power of Two (1995) on co-teaching (two teachers working together in a single classroom) distributed by CEC as well as one called Complexities of Collaboration (2000) on common dilemmas that occur when professionals work closely together.
  • was recipient of a Fulbright Award to work with educators in Portugal on topics related to professional collaboration and parent communication.
  • has been both a classroom teacher and a special education teacher.

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Friend, Marilyn
Published by Allyn & Bacon (2007)
ISBN 10: 0205560954 ISBN 13: 9780205560950
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