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The Fundamentals of Special Education

The Fundamentals of Special Education
A Practical Guide for Every Teacher

March 2006 | 104 pages | Corwin

The busy educator's concise guide to the essentials of special education!

In The Fundamentals of Special Education, authors Bob Algozzine and Jim Ysseldyke highlight the major concepts in special education, providing readers with a better understanding of the field, from disability categories and statistics to appropriate learning environments.

Including a pretest, posttest, and key vocabulary terms, this practical guide answers the many questions educators have about special education, including:

  • What is "special education" exactly, and why do we have it?
  • How many students receive special education services and who are they?
  • How are students identified for special education services?
  • Where are students with disabilities taught?
  • What is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?
  • What roles do general and special education teachers play in addressing the needs of students with disabilities, and how do their responsibilities overlap?
  • How does diversity influence special education?
  • What about students who are gifted and/or talented?

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About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Special Education
1. What Is Special Education?
2. Why Do We Have Special Education?
The Evolution of Special Education

Special Education Today

Protection Against Discrimination

3. Who Receives Special Education?
Special Education’s Categories

4. How Many Students Receive Special Education?
Steady Growth

Reasons for Growth

The Continuing Demand for Special Educators

5. How Are Students Identified for Special Education Services?
Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities in General Education Classrooms

The Special Education Process

6. What Services Do Special Education Students Receive?
Direct Services

Indirect Services

Related Services

7. Where Are Students Taught?
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

8. How Does Diversity Influence Special Education?
Diverse Students

Diverse Educational Settings

9. What About Students Who Are Gifted and Talented?
Intellectual Ability

Creative Ability

Specific Academic Ability

Leadership Ability

Ability in the Visual and Performing Arts

Identifying Gifts and Talents

10. Special Education In Perspective
11. What Have We Learned?
Key Points

Key Vocabulary

Self-Assessment II

Answer Key for Self-Assessments

On Your Own


Journals & Articles



Supplemental text

Professor Dennis Cowan
School Of Education, Adelphi University
February 27, 2013
Key features
  • Practical, accessible, research-based information and advice distilled from a highly-successful textbook
  • Numerous case studies
  • Practical, age-appropriate strategies for the classroom
  • Reflection/professional development exercises
  • Resources – books, articles, organizations
  • Linked to IDEA 2004

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Chapter 1

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