A Reference HandbookBook - 2001
This fascinating survey provides a comprehensive introduction to special education, the broad number of disciplines that inform it, and how it has evolved. Traditionally schools excluded certain children, especially those with disabilities. However, nationwide compulsory education in l912 meant policymakers had to deal with children who did not fit the mold. What emerged was the concept of "learning disabilities" as an explanation of school failure rather than mental retardation. Among those with learning disabilities: Thomas Edison, Woodrow Wilson, and Beethoven.
In this volume, Arlene Sacks covers the history and laws related to special education, and also discusses contemporary research regarding such issues as cognitive development, multiple intelligences, and different learning styles. The book also includes a chronology, directories, bibliographies, and other reference materials.