Critical Issues in Special Education

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Critical Issues in Special Education is an analysis of important conceptual and practical issues that face special education professionals. Part One illustrates the background and status of special education through current analysis of fundamental guiding practices. Part Two focuses on key practices in special education services. Part Three provides an analysis of social, political, legal, and economic activity reflected in special education practice.

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James E. Ysseldyke has been educating school psychologists and researchers for more than 35 years, and is now Professor Emeritus in the School Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota. He has advised and mentored more than 100 doctoral and Ed.S. students who have gone on to leadership positions in universities, school systems, government agencies, and research organizations. He has served the University of Minnesota as director of the Minnesota Institute for Research on Learning Disabilities, director of the National School Psychology Network, director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes, and associate dean for research. Dr. Ysseldyke's research and writing have focused on enhancing the competence of individual students and enhancing the capacity of systems to meet students' needs. He is an author of major textbooks and more than 300 journal articles. Dr. Ysseldyke has received awards for his research from the School Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children. The University of Minnesota presented him a distinguished teaching award, and he received a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois.

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I. Foundations of Contemporary Practice 1. Competing Perspectives Conceptual Issues Practical Issues Issues Reflected in Practice Education at the Margins 2. Special Education in Context Education's Mission School and Society Goals and Objectives of Education The Changing and Unchanging Face of Education Legal Basis for Special Education Special Education: Why Now and What For? 3. Special Education Today Current Special Education Categories Current Conditions of Special Education A Positive Idea? 4. Definitional Debate Hardware Versus Software Perspectives on Classification Where Does ADD or ADHD Belong? 5. Placement Controversy Names Still Mean Places for Students with Special Needs Environments and Prevalence The Push and Pull of the General Education Classroom "You're Out of Here": Placements Outside the Mainstream Places Still Mean Problems for People with Special Needs II. Contemporary Issues and Practices 6. Issues in Assessment Current Decision-Making Practices The Many Kinds of Assessment Information Used in Schools Contemporary Influences on Assessment Practices Issues in Making Classroom and Entitlement Decisions Relevance to Intervention Issues in Making Large-Scale Assessment and Accountability Decisions Summary 7. Issues in Instruction The Relationship of Views on Causality to Treatment Approaches How Treatment Decisions Are Made Prereferral Intervention What Is Special About Instruction of Students with Disabilities? Strategy Training Versus Content Instruction Enrichment, Acceleration, and Separation Aversive Treatments Why Isn't Intervention Research Translated into Practice? 8. Early Intervention Assumptions of Early Intervention Historical Background The Downward Escalation of Educational Services Early Assessment Nature of Intervention New Constituencies for Early Special Education Intervention 9. Transition Transition into School Transitions During School Transition Beyond High School 10. School Reform and Special Education School Reform, Restructuring, and Excellence in Education Eight National Goals for Education Reform, Restructuring, and Excellence in Special Education? General Education Reforms and Their Effects Change in Education III. Issues Reflected in Practice 11. Home-School-Community Agency Partnerships Home-School Partnerships Facing Challenges to Home-School Partnerships Overcoming Challenges to Home-School Collaboration Interagency Collaboration 12. Legal Issues The Role of Legislatures and Courts in American Education 13. Economic Issues in Special Education The Role of Government in Education Financial Issues Efficiency Issues 14. Results of Schooling Identifying Desired Educational Results Collecting Data on Educational Results Effects of Policies Related to Educational Results Data on the Results of Schooling for Students with Disabilities 15. Continuing Challenges The Future of Special Education Special Education and the Future

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