The Quest for Meaningful Special Education (Paperback)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781475827590, 204pp.
Publication Date: December 7, 2016
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Every child should have access to an education that works. The Quest for a Meaningful Special Education follows the educational journeys of nine students with a language-based learning disability (LBLD) who, through a combination of parental advocacy and luck, were removed from a debilitating learning situation and enrolled in a school designed to address their particular learning needs. In the process of following their journeys, the book explores the role of cultures within and outside the school and examines some of the ways that the construction of special education has affected student learning. In the context of the ongoing national conversation about student academic success, high school dropout rates, the disproportionate number of prison inmates with learning disabilities, the costs of educating students, and the controversy over the placement of minorities in special education, The Quest For a Meaningful Special Education is a timely book that will add a new perspective to current debates.
About the Author
Amy Ballin, MST, LICSW, PhD, is an associate professor of practices at Simmons College in Boston Massachusetts, where she teaches special education law, classroom collaboration, and social work. Her scholarship and activism focus on creative approaches to teaching pedagogy and social action to eradicate injustices embedded within our educational system.