Disability Studies and the Inclusive Classroom
Critical Practices for Creating Least Restrictive Attitudes
Routledge – 2012 – 286 pages
This book’s mission is to integrate knowledge and practice from the fields of disability studies and special education. Parts I & II focus on the broad, foundational topics that comprise disability studies (culture, language, and history) and Parts III & IV move into practical topics (curriculum, co-teaching, collaboration, classroom organization, disability-specific teaching strategies, etc.) associated with inclusive education. This organization conforms to the belief that least restrictive environments (the goal of inclusive education) necessarily emerges from least restrictive attitudes (the goal of disability studies). Discussions throughout the book attempt to illustrate the intersection of theory and practice.
Gloria Lodato Wilson (Hofstra University) – "This text promises to be a very important text in the field of education. The authors offer readers a comprehensive view of disabilities within the context of disability studies. Inclusive education will stagnate if educators don’t understand how seemingly subtle prejudices negatively impact student performance and psyche. Unlike other texts that give cursory mention to the importance of attitudes, this text builds a powerful basis for a deep understanding of the issues. I would definitely use this text when teaching Intro to Special Education and courses on co-teaching."
Howard Margolis (Emeritus, Rutgers University) – "In the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of university courses dedicated to disability studies (which differs from special education). Unlike special education, disability studies considers the entire environment – social, educational, medical, recreational, vocational, legal, and the like – in which people with disabilities must live and prosper. To my knowledge, the book proposed by Baglieri and Shapiro is one of the first to comprehensively address these critical areas. It does so in a logical fashion that will attract university professors seeking a textbook that a) covers the entire spectrum of disability studies and b) seeks to integrate disability studies into general (inclusive) education. Thus, there is a market seeking a textbook such as this… It will be attractive to professors as both a main and second text in special education, school psychology, and school social work courses. "
Valerie Lava (Long Island University) – "I believe that the proposed book will make a unique contribution to the field and that it combines theory and practice. Several existing books include only theoretical discussions of both Disability Studies and Inclusive Schooling/Special Education, while others combine theory and practice related to Inclusive Schooling but lack a Disability Studies focus. Therefore the book’s approach to viewing Disability Studies and Inclusive Education through both a theoretical and practice lens will fill a void in the existing professional literature."
Preface Part I: Disability and Society 1. Why Consider Attitudes Toward Disability? 2. Paradigms of Disability 3. Language, Labels, and Identity Part II: Disability in History 4. Early Attitudes and Their Legacy: A Brief History of Disability 5. Era of Civil Rights & Contemporary Issues Part III: Disability and Education 6. Conceptualizing Disability in Schools 7. Collaborative Practice 8. Disabilities & Initial Approaches for Creating Inclusive Environments Part IV: Curriculum for the Inclusive Classroom 9. Curriculum Planning for Inclusive Teaching 10. Designing Curriculum to Cultivate Least Restrictive Attitudes Recommended Resources for Teachers
Susan Baglieri is Assistant Professor at Long Island University’s Brooklyn, New York campus. She served as an assistant editor for Disability Studies Quarterly during 2005–2006 and served on the board of directors of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) from 2008–2011. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association’s special interest group in Disability Studies in Education and received the Junior Scholar Award at the group’s Eighth Annual Second City Conference in 2008. Dr. Baglieri worked as a special educator in New Jersey public high schools, served as the coordinator of student teaching in Learning Disabilities and taught graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Arthur Shapiro was a special educator on the local, county, and state levels for more than 40 years. He was Full Professor Emeritus at Kean University and an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University. His book, Everybody Belongs: Changing Negative Attitudes toward Classmates with Disabilities (Routledge Falmer, 1999), received Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title Award from the Association of College and Research Librarians, and was selected for inclusion in Exceptional Parent Magazine’s library as well as a feature of the Network of Educators on the Americas’ Teaching for Change catalogue.