As teachers around the world deal with the challenges of inclusive education, they must find effective ways of enhancing their classroom teaching methods. What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education presents teachers with a range of evidence-based strategies they can immediately put into practice in their classrooms.
This unique book will be an invaluable resource for educators who may not have the time or the inclination to engage with theory-heavy research, but who wish to ensure that their teaching strategies are up-to-the-minute and proven to be the most effective best practices. Each of the 27 strategies that this book comprises has a substantial research base, a strong theoretical rationale and clear guidelines on their implementation, as well as cautionary advice where necessary.
In this new second edition, David Mitchell, a leading writer in special and inclusive education, continues to break new ground with revised and updated strategies based on evidence from the most recent studies in the field. From the myriad of related research available, only those studies with genuine potential for improving the practices of teachers and schools have been included, with the aim of facilitating high-quality learning and social outcomes for all learners in schools.
Updates to this new edition include:
This book will be essential reading for anyone with a vocational or academic interest in evidence-based special educational needs teaching strategies, whether a student in initial teacher education or a qualified classroom teacher, teacher educator, educational psychologist, special needs coordinator, parent, consultant or researcher.
David Mitchell is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and a consultant in inclusive education.
‘This is the book I wish I had written, synthesizing an enormous literature focused on special needs students. It is robust, it is readable, and it is your right-hand resource. A stunner of a book.’
–Professor John Hattie, University of Melbourne, author of Visible Learning
"This book is an excellent resource for educators who deal with learners with disabilities." —Education Review
1. Introduction 2. A Learning and Teaching Model 3. Strategy 1: Inclusive Education 4. Strategy 2: Cooperative Group Teaching 5. Strategy 3: Peer Tutoring 6. Strategy 4: Collaborative Teaching 7. Strategy 5: Parent Involvement 8. Strategy 6: School Culture 9. Strategy 7: School-wide Positive Behaviour Support 10. Strategy 8: Indoor Environmental Quality 11. Strategy 9: Classroom Climate 12. Strategy 10: Social Skills Training 13. Strategy 11: Cognitive Strategy Instruction 14. Strategy 12: Self-regulated Learning 15. Strategy 13: Mnemonics and other Memory Strategies 16. Strategy 14: Reciprocal Teaching 17. Strategy 15: Phonological Awareness and Phonological Processing 18. Strategy 16: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 19. Strategy 17: Behavioural Approaches 20. Strategy 18: Functional Behavioural Assessment 21. Strategy 19: Direct Instruction 22. Strategy 20: Review and Practice 23. Strategy 21: Formative Assessment and Feedback 24. Strategy 22: Assistive Technology 25. Strategy 23: Augmentative and Alternative Communication 26. Strategy 24: Opportunities to Learn Index