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Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education: United States Edition Hardcover – 17 March 2008
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Widely recognized as a market leader for its innovation, strong research base, and accessibility, the ninth
edition of William L. Heward’s Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education continues this
tradition of excellence.
A FOCUS ON EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS
• Featured Teacher essays
Each chapter begins with a first-person essay by master teachers that
reflects the joys, challenges, and realities of teaching exceptional children. Drawn from urban,
suburban, and rural school districts across the country, the 18 featured teachers share personal
experiences and wisdom gathered from years of instructing children in a variety of school settings.
• MyEducationLab Access to MyEducationLab for this text allows readers to see, hear, and
learn from the teachers featured in the text through video. Throughout the book,
MyEducationLab icons connect key content and concepts practiced by master teachers to
Homework & Exercises on MyEducationLab.
• Tips for Beginning Teachers Each chapter culminates with practical, quick tips for beginning
teachers–offered by the master teacher featured in each chapter–on how to avoid common
pitfalls in the classroom.
A FOCUS ON EFFECTIVE RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICES
• Teaching & Learning features All of the strategies described in the Teaching & Learning features
are classroom-tested, supported by research, and provide clear and practical step-by-step
guidelines for designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction for students with disabilities.
• MyEducationLab Each of the research-based practices discussed in the Teaching & Learning
features are connected to Homework & Exercises or Building Teaching Skills activities in
MyEducationLab that extend and further develop these strategies through video, artifacts,
A FOCUS ON ISSUES AND TRENDS
• Current Issues and Future Trends features These essays highlight the ever-changing nature of
special education with the controversial issues, triumphs, struggles, and interventions involved in
For Future Preparation and Teacher Certification:
• CEC Performance-Based Standards The Common Core standards are printed on the inside front
cover of the text. Margin notes throughout the text link critical content to specific knowledge and
skill statements from CEC’s Performance-Based Standards for Beginning Teachers.
• Coverage of PRAXIS IITM Tests A PRAXIS Study Grid in the Appendix shows where content areas
of the PRAXIS II Test, Education of Exceptional Students: Core Principles, are discussed in the text.
A listing of the principles is on the inside back cover of this text.
- Publisher : Pearson; 9th edition (17 March 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 656 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0135144361
- ISBN-13 : 978-0135144367
- Dimensions : 21.31 x 2.98 x 28.37 cm
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I wouldn't, but I already have my M.Ed. If you're just starting your career as a teacher, or just starting to learn about becoming a teacher--especially of exceptional children--you'll probably get a lot of use out of this text. It's an excellent reference.
Indeed, this books has a ton of information in tiny print on glossy pages. It breaks up information to insert helpful teaching aides or stories about teachers doing the right things--which, on their surface are very helpful. I have no complaints about the content. But the format! The organization! Ugh.
THINGS TO NOTE:
When I'm reading about a technical topic, I don't want the information interrupted mid-paragraph or mid-section for a two-page spread about a teacher who is using a technique I read about three or four pages ago (or will read about in another page or two, under a separate subheading). Finish the section and then give me examples, or give me examples and then explain them in the section. Don't break up an unrelated section just to put in your colorful insert (and they are very colorful) before the chapter ends.
More, I don't want to see charts several pages away from the information they're trying to explain. I don't want two or three pages of charts in the middle of one section of text. I hate flipping back and forth, and flipping back and forth feels like all I do with this book.
Again, the content is wonderful. I found the text balanced, fair, insightful, helpful, and up-to-date. But I couldn't get past the formatting. You go from walls of text where bold, italics, and sub-sized fonts run rampant to big, colorful splashes filled with more content, to two-page inserts complete with pictures, to charts with small font, back to tons of text--and few of the beautiful, colorful features make a lot of sense where they are placed. The reading experience is visually overwhelming, and the organization within the chapters is awful.
That said, the overall organization of the book is very nice--it builds well--and the chapters are informative. I would have preferred more information and techniques for "gifted and talented" children (they do get one chapter), but that isn't really the focus of this book. As a broad overview, it does its job--and it's obvious why this is a common choice for education classes. Just be prepared to read with your sunglasses on, and have your fingers poised for constant flipping.