Multicultural Special Education Culturally Responsive Teaching Festus E. Obiakor Because of recent demographic changes in our society, general and special educators are challenged to look for innovative ways to maximizeallstudents'potenital in school programs. As a result, there has been a need for culturally responsive resources.Multicultural Special Education: Culturally Responsive Teachingis a timely book that examines multiculturalism, disability, and education, and focuses on how general and special education teachers and practitioners can make education better for multicultural learners with and without exceptionalities. This innovative book, written by leaders in the field of Multicultural Special Education, makes the case for educating teachers to work withallstudents. The foundations of this book are based on the following fundamental assumptions that must guide general and special educators and service providers: Allstudents can learn in least restrictive environments. Alllearners can maximize their fullest potential when taught by well-prepared teachers. Language is a part of culture and culture is a part ofallhuman existence. Education is a powerful tool that advancesallmembers of the society. Good teachers are good students who consistently learn how to teachalllearners. Chapters focus on the multicultural aspects of the federally defined categories of exceptionality, disability throughout the lifespan, and the future perspectives of multicultural education. The book also includes: Thinking About Multicultural Special Education--a chapter-opening case study--that sets the stage for themes and ideas presented throughout the chapter A Culturally Responsive Educator--strategies at the end of each chapter detailing what to do to be an effective educator Discussion Questionsthat evaluate the reader's knowledge base and advance problem-solving skills To view the website that accompanies this text, please go to http://www.prenhall.com/obiakor .Obiakor, Festus E. is the author of 'Multicultural Special Education Culturally responsive Teaching', published 2006 under ISBN 9780131178120 and ISBN 0131178121.
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