ERIC Number: ED491787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Listening to the Experts: Students with Disabilities Speak Out
Keefe, Elizabeth B.,Ed.; Moore, Veronica M., Ed.; Duff, Frances R., Ed.
Brookes Publishing Company
What's the best way to find out what really works--and doesn't work--in education for students with disabilities? Listen to the experts: the students themselves. In this one-of-a-kind book, students with a wide range of disabilities give readers a rare inside look at their past and present school experiences, both in self-contained classrooms and in inclusive environments. With uncensored candor and insight, these young men and women talk about struggles and triumphs with schoolwork; friendships with peers; the meaning of inclusion; their complex feelings about special education; practices and policies that helped and hindered their progress; the characteristics of good teachers and administrators; ingredients of positive classroom environments; their future plans. Interspersed with the student essays are chapters by the other experts--parents, peers, and professionals. Parents talk about the experience of raising their son or daughter and what they did to support their child's social and academic success. The students' peers share what they felt and experienced as they participated in inclusive classrooms and befriended students with disabilities. Professionals such as educators, principals, and respected scholars discuss the rights of students with disabilities, the process of implementing inclusion, specific strategies such as peer supports and co-teaching, and the firsthand lessons they learned from their students. This book contains the following sections: (1) The Importance of Student Voices; (2) Friendships and Support; (3) School Implementation; and (4) Thoughts for the Future.
Descriptors: Parent Role, Teaching Methods, Essays, Self Contained Classrooms, Friendship, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Disabilities, Inclusive Schools, Special Needs Students, Student Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Special Education, Teacher Characteristics, Team Teaching
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