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Human Exceptionality : School, Community, and Family

ISBN: 9780618920426 | 0618920420
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Pub. Date: 4/10/2007

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Maintaining its widely respected and unique focus on the roles/responsibilities of a variety of professionals (in education, psychology, counseling, and human services), the new edition of Human Exceptionality emphasizes how cross-professional collaboration can enhance the lives of exceptional individuals and their families as it strengthens and supports the work of the professionals themselves. After a detailed six-chapter introduction to the foundations of human exceptionalities, the succeeding twelve chapters focus on the definitions, classifications, prevalence, causation, and characteristics of all the major categories of exceptionality. Each categorical chapter concludes with practical material on the educational, medical, and social services aspects of collaborating professionally for and working with exceptional persons. An excellent resource for teachers-in-training, in-service teachers, and human services professionals, the text\'s unique, human approach combines up-to-date research, detailed personal stories about exceptional persons, and fresh pedagogical features that help students apply the material in each chapter. Strong discussion of school settings emphasizes the school implications for students with exceptionalities while maintaining a focus on treatment of the individual within the community and family. Inclusion and Collaboration Through the Lifespan features help students understand the key concepts within each section of the chapter. These sections include chapter-opening Focus Questions, which are revisited at key points throughout the chapter and in the chapter-ending Focus Review. Snapshot features in each chapter provide enriching personal insights on the lives of people with differences. Reflect on This highlights interesting and relevant information about exceptionality to enhance students\' learning and enjoyment of each chapter. Assistive Technology features (formerly called "Today\'s Technology") highlight innovations in areas such as computers, biomedical engineering, and instructional systems. The Debate Forum presents two opposing viewpoints of issues concerning people with exceptionalities. Case Studies offer in-depth looks at personal stories of exceptionality followed by engaging Application Questions to activate discussion and student understanding. Further Readings provide an annotated bibliography of recommended readings and Web Resources offer a list of sites beneficial to both teachers-in-training and in-service teachers. Building Your Portfolio features at the end of each chapter provide activities to help students create a more impressive portfolio based on the ideals of the CEC Standards.

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