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Special Education in Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Exceptionality Paperback – December 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1412988933 ISBN-10: 1412988934 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; Fourth Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412988934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412988933
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I found this book to extremely valuable as a college special education textbook. It is well organized, contains detailed and useful information for teachers. The sections containing firsthand accounts of people with various disabilities is very helpful. The book contains valuable information about the history of special education and current practices in the field. The Appendix at the end of the book regarding CEC Standards correlated with each chapter is useful for professors. The inclusion of teacher friendly sections in each chapter makes this a superior book for use in special education classes; these sections include "effective instructional practices", "Making inclusion work" and "suggestions for the classroom." Each chapter contains useful tables and figures filled with practical information for teachers. Finally the end of chapter has a useful summary, list of key terms, study questions and a Student Study Site for students to access online with other resources to assist and enhance student learning...I was very impressed by it." (Dr. Brian Abrams QC, CUNY )

About the Author

Richard Gargiulo is a Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has a Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1999, he was awarded the University's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic and has authored numerous books on the subjects of special education, early childhood education, and child abuse and neglect.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Haynes on February 16, 2013
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This is a great "real life" text book, educating on the topic of Exceptional learners. Easy to follow and great supplemental material online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By twindaddy on September 23, 2011
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This is a great intro text, with chapters that are broken up by real world stories and diagrams. It gives you a great overview of the Special Ed field. If you want more detail, there are entire textbooks on each topic, but if you are just getting your feet wet, this is a great text to do it with.
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I mainly purchased this book for a class in Education. I plan on working with children in the teaching profession and this book does cover many very important items in this field. I believe that it is good for anyone who works with children in any field.
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By ESL teacher on February 15, 2013
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The book is well organized, and clearly written. However, it tends to oversimplify the material, and does not present a well-balanced view of controversial topics. It certainly does not encourage thinking.
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By Gilda R. Cobbs on January 13, 2014
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We only used it for exams but it is a beautifully done and filled with information textbook..
I definitely will keep it and not sell it for a while.
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By smartcookie on January 27, 2013
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Well written textbook. Nice size text. I have the book available on-line but wanted the hard copy version for toting around
and making notes in.
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This book contains everything the special education student needs to know about special education. I though it was a great introduction to the topic!
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