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Educating Exceptional Children 14th Edition

Samuel A. Kirk, James J. Gallagher, Mary Ruth Coleman

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012
  • 560 Pages
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Authored by luminaries in the special education field, EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN introduces readers to each of the thirteen disability categories, and discusses the needs of children who are gifted and talented. The fourteenth edition continues to focus on the strengths of previous editions, while also providing new material about such important hot topics as genetics, neurology, inclusion, assistive technology, and information processing. The book provides key, research-based teaching methods and strategies for children with various exceptionalities, and also offers analysis of ecological factors that influence the exceptional child in and out of the classroom. This edition also features a new chapter on children with ADD/ADHD, new diagnosis information from the DSM-5, coverage of CEC and Common Core State Standards, the most current teaching techniques for each category, and current coverage of the Response to Intervention Model.

Samuel A. Kirk, Late of University of Arizona

Samuel Kirk, who wrote the first several editions of EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN, was a pioneer and “forefather” within the fields of special education and learning disabilities.

James J. Gallagher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

James J. Gallagher received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and has, in years since, earned international respect for his research in the areas of giftedness and mental retardation, among other topics in special education. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the editor of Jossey Bass’ New Directions in Special Education monographs.

Mary Ruth Coleman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mary Ruth Coleman joined the author team of EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN in the twelfth edition. Well known in the field, Dr. Coleman served as President of the Council for Exceptional Children. She earned her Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Special Education and Literacy Studies.
  • The new edition is updated to reflect the most current theory and research about special education, best practices, and the most recent changes in public policies for exceptional students.
  • Standards coverage is integrated throughout the text. CEC standards are addressed in every chapter; a list of all of the standards appears on the inside covers of the text for easy reference. The authors also explore the impact of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on children with exceptionalities; an icon identifies CCSS-related coverage throughout the text to call attention to its importance.
  • New diagnostic information from the DSM-5 is incorporated throughout the text.
  • A new chapter on Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders reflects the prevalence of these disorders.
  • New and expanded topics include, among many others, advances in diagnosis of autism, strategies to support students with learning disabilities in accessing the common core standards successfully, new medical and technological advances with cochlear implants, and the role of chronic sorrow in families coping with their child's disabilities.
  • The chapter-opening Focus Questions (learning objectives) are now numbered and correspond to numbered main heads, thereby guiding students' reading.
  • Digital Download notations throughout the book identify visuals and informational tables that are available for students to download, customize, and use in the classroom as well as to review key concepts. The downloads can be accessed at the book's website, Education CourseMate.
  • New “Did You Get It?” quizzes allow students to measure their performance against the learning objectives (focus questions) in each chapter. One question for each objective is featured in the textbook to encourage students to go to, take the full quiz, and check their understanding.
  • Every chapter covers diversity issues, addressing the specific issues related to appropriate identification and services to address children's needs. This content-identified by an icon-recognizes a complex challenge: the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically different, and economically disadvantaged children within special and gifted education. Topics include the increasing identification of Latina youth as learning disabled, the need for bilingual/bicultural approaches to understanding the needs of children with hearing impairments, and many others.
  • Identified by an icon, the most current information related to the Response to Intervention (RTI) model-and how it can be applied to children with a variety of exceptionalities-is integrated throughout the text. A special introductory section explains the model.
  • Each chapter includes coverage of The Information Processing Model (IPM), which helps students see the nature of the difficulties the child is experiencing and how these can impact learning. The IPMs in the text show a likely pattern of challenges and strengths for the children with each exceptionality, and the direction that can be taken to support each child's success.
  • Neurology and Brain Development sections describe how the brain is impacted by the exceptionalities discussed in each chapter. These sections spotlight recent scientific research findings that help us understand the neurological implications for children's learning.
  • Every chapter includes genetics research as it relates to the exceptionality category under discussion, complete inclusion strategies relevant to the category, and information about assistive technologies that support children with exceptionalities.
  • Exceptional Lives, Exceptional Stories boxes present real-life stories and photos of children with special needs, giving pre-service teachers a deeper understanding of the children and families with whom they will work.
  • Educational Responses sections in each chapter comprise a special “handbook” of best teaching practices for helping children with disabilities, making the book a “must keep” for future teachers. These sections have been reorganized into two primary parts: organizational structures to support students (with each exceptionality) and curriculum and instruction for students (with each exceptionality). The tables in these sections are available for download at the book's website, Education CourseMate.
  • Moral Dilemmas boxes present possible scenarios from special education settings to better prepare future teachers for the realities of the classroom.
  • Future Challenges sections, now also available as Digital Downloads, discuss the areas that professionals are still wrestling with as the field of special education continues to evolve.
  • TeachSource Videos (introduced in Video Connection boxes and available for viewing at the book's website, Education CourseMate) feature footage from actual classrooms to help students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Critical thinking questions ask students to reflect on each case in relation to the chapter content.
  • The authors integrate four key themes throughout the text: The Earlier, the Better, emphasizing the importance of early intervention; Intensity and Duration, emphasizing that the intensity and duration of support must be sufficient to address the needs of each student; Teaching to Strengths, a positive approach that uses the strengths of the child and family as a basis for making progress rather than trying to “repair the deficit”; and Education as a Team Game.
1. Children with Exceptionalities and Their Families.
2. Children with Exceptionalities and Social Institutions: Government, Schools, and the Courts.
3. Early Intervention Supports and Services.
4. Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
5. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
6. Children with Learning Disabilities.
7. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders.
8. Children with Emotional and Behavior Disorders.
9. Children with Communication, Language, and Speech Disorders.
10. Children Who Have Special Gifts and Talents.
11. Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
12. Children with Visual Impairments.
13. Children with Physical Disabilities, Health Impairments, and Multiple or Severe Disabilities.
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