For courses in Introduction to Special Education, Exceptionalities, and Inclusion/Mainstreaming.
Through real-life stories of children and their families, this preeminent book provides students with a comprehensive experience in special education. Long noted for its focus on inclusion, families, and partnerships, Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today's Schools, Fifth Edition, presents a realistic look at the workings of special education as future teachers, both general and special education, will need to know. The new fifth edition includes: increased coverage of families and collaboration; a broader range of tips and strategies for teachers and different learning environments; a stronger emphasis on the core standards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and PRAXIS; and a brand-new, text-specific DVD of videos highlighting the people in the chapters and adults with disabilities that continues and extends the Turnbull's tradition of learning about special education through the real lives of real people living with disabilities.
- NEW! "Real Lives and Exceptionalities" DVD comes with every copy of the text--This remarkable new DVD includes video footage of individuals featured in the chapter opening vignettes, a hallmark feature of Exceptional Lives. A total of five real people from Chapter 2, Chapter 6, Chapter 12, and Chapter 16, are featured in five segments that cover aspects of school, families, and community. Additionally, an extraordinary segment, "Beyond School" highlights nine individuals as they pursue life outside of school, in the workplace, enjoying hobbies, and engaging in community interests, demonstrating the lifelong goal of purposeful and productive lives. These individuals represent a successful transitioning into adulthood and show the myriad of ways that individuals with exceptionalities live active, exciting lives.
- Activities for classroom use, student investigations, and end-of-chapter questions all integrate the use of the DVD for professors and students.
- Margin notes within the text also guide readers to relevant segments of the DVD for viewing.
- NEW! "Your Own Voice"--Continuing the focus of connecting readers in personal ways to the content of the book, this unique feature presents situations (e.g., a dilemma, particular perspective, challenge) and readers are asked to think about the situation, investigate some possible resources, and take a position.
- Helps readers formulate personal perspectives, positions, and beliefs regarding their professional responses to situations they might encounter in the classroom, working with professionals, administrators, and family members.
- Readers will construct in "their own voice" a reflection on the impact that they and others can make, challenging them to think hard about what should or could be done and what they would do as a teacher using the techniques described, under the laws that govern the education system, and pursuant to the recommended values.
- NEW! Non-Discriminatory Evaluation Process (Chapters 5 through 16)--summarizes the evaluation process as it is established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, providing succint guidelines for appropriate evaluation and identification.
- NEW! Greatly enhanced Companion Website (http://www.prenhall.com/turnbull)--A valuable resource for both the professor and the student that complements the main text. New features include:
- New video clips of individuals with disablities including a "Focus on Adults"
- Updated computer activities that supplement the chapters and teaching modules from Special Commentions (the University of Kansas and Vanderbilt's Iris Center) that give extensive, interactive case study learning opportunities
- Additional written case study examples from the Clearninghouse of Special Education Cases from the University of Florida
- "The Best of the Best" icon on the website that points users to which activities, websites, videos, etc... are ones not to miss.
- Real Students, Real Educators, Real Families, Real Issues--Every student, every teacher, every parent, and every friend in the fifth edition is a real person telling their own personal story in their own words.
- Gives readers a snapshot of what life is like in relation to special needs and special education.
- Personal vignettes open every chapter and are referred to throughout--These narratives tell the stories of students and their families, friends, teachers, and other educators and service providers, personalizing the content for readers. These real students and their families provide insight into the lives of individual who live with exceptionalities every day of their lives.
- The featured person is revisited throughout the chapter where key points and content is exemplified. Vignettes and summaries are further enhanced by research-based, state-of-the-art techniques, and highlighting strategies and tips for educators throughout the chapter.
- "Inclusion Tips"--Provides helpful advice and strategies for including students in the general curriculum assuring more effective inclusion of students with exceptionalities. Authors 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 inducing the students' peers in the process.
- Each highlighted 'Inclusion Tip" is supplemented with information about universally designed learning and self-determination.
- "Into Practice" feature in every chapter--Describes for readers practical, step-by-step examples of how to use universal design, secure inclusion, respond to the multicultural nature of American schools, and practice collaboration and partnerships.
- Gives students hands-on ways to implement appropriate strategies in the every day classroom.
- "Diversity Tips"--Guided by the need for sensitivity to our diverse populations and critical issues in addressing educastional strategies, these "tips" help prepare pre-service teachers to consider students' diverse backgrounds (their language, gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, geography, and exceptionality/ability) when planning curriculum, instruction, and evaluation and when collaborating with families and other service providers.
- "Technology Tips"--This resourceful feature highlights the technology teachers can use in the classroom (or one that supports classroom instruction) to help meet the educational needs of students with disabilities.
- Samples of technology-software, websites, adaptive equipment, specific educational websites and more provide up-to-date resources to assist with learning and classroom instruction.
- Strategies and Tips for Special Education Teachers--Highlighted throughout the book. Gives pre-service teachers techniques to use in the classroom in order to help students with disabilities progress in the general education curriculum.