ISBN: 9780717149988

Responding to Special Education Needs: An Irish Perspective


– The Second edition of this popular textbook establishes the area of special education within an Irish context.

ISBN: 9780717149988
SKU: 9780717149988
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– The Second edition of this popular textbook establishes the area of special education within an Irish context.

New to this edition:

  • Examines leadership within special educational needs
  • Addresses the concept of children with special educational needs participating in their own learning
  • Recent special educational needs research conducted in Ireland is included
  • New developments in the provision of special educational needs support
  • Provides a foundation knowledge of and a framework for analysing and reflecting on issues in special education in Ireland
  • Introduces the basic concepts underlying policy, practice and provision in this area
  • Traces the development of special education policy and practice in Ireland within European and international contexts
  • The Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 (EPSEN) permeates the text
  • An informal approach is used in presenting the philosophical and ethical issues underlying relevant policies and provision
  • Reflective questions and/or case studies are provided at the end of each chapter

Suitable for:

  • Undergraduate students in primary teacher education
  • Students completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Education for post-primary education
  • Experienced teachers on Continuing Professional Development programmes

Table of Contents:

  1. Identifying the Issues

Section One: Setting the Scene

2: The Experiences of People with Disabilities: Marginalisation, Recognition and Rights

3: Historical Emergence: The Irish Experience

4: Developing Policy and Provision in Special Education

5: Moving Towards Schools for All

Section Two: Beginning the Process

6: Addressing Core Issues in Special Education

7: Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs

8: Individual Education Planning

Section Three: Developing Classroom Strategies

9: Accessing the Curriculum: Models of Differentiation

10: Examining Difficulties in Literacy and Numeracy

11: Understanding and Approaching Behaviour Difficulties

12: Strategies for Specific Special Educational Needs

Section Four: Sustaining Collaborative Approaches


About the Authors:

Sean Griffin is Academic Head at St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland where he is also Director of Special Education Studies. He is a tutor for online postgraduate programmes in special education/inclusion in Hibernia College. He was founding editor of REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland.

Michael Shevlin is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin where he teaches courses in special education for students completing the Postgraduate Diploma for post-primary education and students at Masters level. He has published widely, nationally and internationally, on developing inclusive learning environments.

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