The purpose of the Handbook of Special Education is to help profile and bring greater clarity to the already sprawling and continuously expanding field of special education. To ensure consistency across the volume, chapter authors review and integrate existing research, identify strengths and weaknesses, note gaps in the literature, and discuss implications for practice and future research. The second edition has been fully updated throughout to take into account recent changes to federal laws as well as the most current academic research, and an entirely new section has been added on research methods in special education.

section 1|52 pages

Historical and Contemporary Issues in Educating Exceptional Learners

section 2|52 pages

Legal Aspects of Special Education

section 3|82 pages

Research Methods in Special Education

chapter 8|9 pages

Designing Rigorous Group Studies in Special Education

Standards and Quality Indicators for Contemporary Group Design Research

section 4|75 pages

The General Education Context of Special Education

section 5|182 pages

Special Education Categories

chapter 22|13 pages

Communication Disorders

chapter 24|19 pages

Blind and Low Vision

section 6|76 pages

Policy and Leadership in the Administration of Special Education

section 7|94 pages

Instructional Issues for Students with High-Incidence Disabilities

chapter 34|14 pages


chapter 39|9 pages

The Promise and Problem with Technology in Special Education

Implications for Academic Learning

section 10|32 pages

Transition from School to Adulthood for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities

section 11|58 pages

Parent and Family Issues in Special Education

section 13|29 pages

Cultural and International Issues in Special Education

chapter 57|14 pages

Minority Disproportionate Representation in Special Education

Politics and Evidence, Issues, and Implications

chapter 58|13 pages

Cross-National Differences in Special Education

A Typological Approach