Exceptional Learners an Introduction to Special Education 14th Edition

The 14th edition of Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special Education provides future teachers with the most current, engaging, and practical introduction to special education available today. Written by respected experts Ann A. Turnbull, H. Michael Turnbull, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Karrie A. Shogren, and Case Van Horne, this text is based on the Council for Exceptional Children’s new knowledge and skills required of special education teachers—and it focuses on what general education teachers need to know about working with students with disabilities in the inclusive classroom.

The 14th edition also emphasizes preparing teachers as change agents who can work collaboratively with all stakeholders in their schools and communities to create inclusive learning environments that are responsive to the needs of diverse learners while being respectful of their worth and dignity.

The Fourteenth Edition includes new coverage on autism spectrum disorders, as well as updated content on current practices and policies that can be found at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The authors present an inclusive view of exceptional learners and their needs, covering ages 3 through adulthood and a full range of disabilities with balanced coverage of mild disabilities and low incidence disabilities. The text features a thorough discussion of the history, legal foundations, assessment techniques, and educational practices for students with special needs.

This edition continues to provide a solid introduction to the field while using a highly readable approach that addresses both practical matters (such as classroom strategies) as well as philosophical issues (such as ethics).

The text is an adaptation of the best-selling special education book, “Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special Education” by Daniel P. Hallahan, James M. Kauffman, and Paige C. Pullen. The authors have been in the field for over 50 years combined, and their experience as teachers and researchers has contributed to this comprehensive introductory text that provides readers with a solid foundation of knowledge about students with disabilities.

The book has been updated to reflect new trends in research and practice, including groundbreaking discoveries about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). It also offers an expanded section on response-to-intervention (RTI) programs for all students who may need additional support outside the classroom setting; up-to-date discussions about inclusionary school settings; and information about recent changes in IDEA 2004 that affect eligibility requirements for giftedness and other disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD.”

One of the most comprehensive overviews of special education currently available. The new edition of Exceptional Learners features expanded coverage of response to intervention, the latest information on data-based decision making and progress monitoring, international perspectives on special education, and current case studies. This best-selling text is a clear and engaging guide to special education that reflects the most recent standards and research in the field while presenting a practical perspective based on real classrooms.

The text is also organized so that it can be easily used in a variety of undergraduate introductory courses in special education, as well as in graduate courses for individuals who are seeking master’s degrees in special education and related fields.

Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special Education covers both mild disabilities (like AD/HD or learning disabilities) and severe disabilities (such as cognitive impairments or autism). The authors provide a thorough treatment of all major areas of exceptionality (cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral), as well as other critical topics such as inclusion, assessment and transition.

The fourteenth edition has been updated to include the most recent federal legislation impacting special education, including the reauthorization of IDEA 2004 and No Child Left Behind. In addition, new research from NCLB is included throughout.

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