Features and Benefits

Features Include:

  • INCLUSION: Real Students, Real Issues
    • UPDATED: Emphasize evidence-based inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. Long-noted for their emphasis on inclusion, the authors include updated references to evidence-based, peer-reviewed practices and strategies.
    • UPDATED: Engage readers with real stories. Chapter-opening vignettes tell the stories of actual students with exceptionalities, their families, their teachers, and the other important professionals who impact their lives. While there is technical language used in the vignettes, the focus on real kids makes learning more engaging so that the technical language may be retained more easily. New vignettes are featured in chapters 2, 7, 9, 10, and 11.
    • UPDATED: Give voice to the students, families, and teachers who, together, demonstrate how collaboration advances inclusion and appropriate education. My Voice features highlight the collaborations, challenges, and triumphs involved in special education through first-person experiences. To further demonstrate how collaboration advances inclusion and appropriate education, new “voices” appear in chapters 2, 4, 7, 10, and 11.
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Real Scenarios, Real Solutions
    • UPDATED: Give pre-service teachers practical, real-world teaching strategies. Into Practice features describe practical, step-by-step strategies for using universal design, securing inclusion, responding to the multicultural nature of American schools, or practicing collaboration and partnerships. Every categorical chapter presents strategies across grade levels to give all prospective teachers real-life examples. New Into Practice features are integrated throughout the book.
    • Provide helpful tips for including students in the general curriculum. Inclusion Tips provide helpful advice and strategies for inclusion in regard to specific disability issues. Inclusion Tips address student behaviors, social interactions, educational performance, and classroom attitudes in relation to what teachers may see in the classroom, what they may be tempted to do, other responses, and best practices for including the student’s peers in the process.
    • UPDATED: Inform readers of their role in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the IEP process. For students who have disabilities, the IEP and the IEP process is the guiding force to their inclusion and progress in the general education curriculum. Throughout the chapters, IEP Tips describe how professionals can be partners with other professionals, parents, and students to provide an appropriate education in the general curriculum. IEP Tips place the content in a meaningful, professional context for educators. New IEP Tips are integrated throughout the book.
    • Identify students’ strengths and abilities. Nondiscriminatory Evaluation Process Features illustrate the procedure for identifying students with disabilities as well as students who are gifted and talented (see chapters 5-16).
    • Draw parallels between the book’s content and future professional educational behaviors and dispositions. Addressing the Professional Standards conclude each chapter with a list of relevant knowledge and skill statements from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Initial Level Special Educator Preparation Standards. A full listing of these standards is provided in an Appendix at the end of the text.

 

Invigorate learning with the Enhanced Pearson eText

The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content with the following multimedia features:

  • See real examples of students and classrooms. Embedded Video provides real-world examples of text concepts and introduces students to individuals leading exceptional lives. A number of videos were recorded by Dan Habib, a prize-winning videographer in the field of special education, and father of a young man who has a disability and is featured in the My Voice feature in Chapter 11. (See pages 5, 181, and 236 for examples.)
  • Check Your Understanding of chapter content. Embedded assessments with feedback throughout the eText help readers assess how well they have mastered the content.
    • Apply Your Knowledge activities in each chapter help students ensure that they are understanding what they read with immediate feedback specific to their responses. (See pages 16, 97, and 321 for examples.)
    • Interactive, end-of-chapter, multiple-choice Check Your Understanding quizzes allow students to self-assess their comprehension. (See pages 53, 121, and 205 for examples.)
  • Apply learning outcomes to master a topic. Pearson’s eLearning modules are individual learning objects, self-contained at the topic level. Modules include learning outcomes, presentations of concepts and skills, opportunities to apply understanding of those concepts and skills, and assessments to check for understanding. Modules include:
    • “Writing Annual Goals” in Chapter 1 to enhance coverage of the components of an IEP. (See page 16.)
    • “Multi-Tiered Systems of Support” in Chapter 2 to enhance coverage of Response to Intervention. (See page 47.)
    • “Differentiating Instruction” in Chapter 3 to enhance the chapter’s discussion on becoming a culturally responsive teacher and advocate. (See page 74.)
    • “Co-Teaching” in Chapter 13 to enhance the chapter’s discussion on collaborative training. (See page 280.)

 

Overview

Key content changes include:

  • INCLUSION: Real Students, Real Issues
    • UPDATED: Emphasize evidence-based inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. Long-noted for their emphasis on inclusion, the authors include updated references to evidence-based, peer-reviewed practices and strategies.
    • UPDATED: Engage readers with real stories. Chapter-opening vignettes tell the stories of actual students with exceptionalities, their families, their teachers, and the other important professionals who impact their lives. While there is technical language used in the vignettes, the focus on real kids makes learning more engaging so that the technical language may be retained more easily. New vignettes are featured in chapters 2, 7, 9, 10, and 11.
    • UPDATED: Give voice to the students, families, and teachers who, together, demonstrate how collaboration advances inclusion and appropriate education. My Voice features highlight the collaborations, challenges, and triumphs involved in special education through first-person experiences. To further demonstrate how collaboration advances inclusion and appropriate education, new “voices” appear in chapters 2, 4, 7, 10, and 11.
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Real Scenarios, Real Solutions
    • UPDATED: Give pre-service teachers practical, real-world teaching strategies. Into Practice features describe practical, step-by-step strategies for using universal design, securing inclusion, responding to the multicultural nature of American schools, or practicing collaboration and partnerships. Every categorical chapter presents strategies across grade levels to give all prospective teachers real-life examples. New Into Practice features are integrated throughout the book.
    • Provide helpful tips for including students in the general curriculum. Inclusion Tips provide helpful advice and strategies for inclusion in regard to specific disability issues. Inclusion Tips address student behaviors, social interactions, educational performance, and classroom attitudes in relation to what teachers may see in the classroom, what they may be tempted to do, other responses, and best practices for including the student’s peers in the process.
    • UPDATED: Inform readers of their role in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the IEP process. For students who have disabilities, the IEP and the IEP process is the guiding force to their inclusion and progress in the general education curriculum. Throughout the chapters, IEP Tips describe how professionals can be partners with other professionals, parents, and students to provide an appropriate education in the general curriculum. IEP Tips place the content in a meaningful, professional context for educators. New IEP Tips are integrated throughout the book.