Features and Benefits

Text features and benefits include:

  • Offers a non-categorical approach that focuses on the best teaching practices for inclusive settings using a unique three part-format. Three balanced parts explain the fundamentals of inclusive teaching, the most effective general teaching practices, and ways to differentiate instruction for specific content areas.

  • UPDATED: Addresses important legislation and professional standards. To keep learners up to date with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), additional information is included throughout the book on how the CCSS apply to teaching students with disabilities across curriculum areas and grade levels.

  • Features the most effective teaching strategies known to improve students' memory, attention, motivation, social behavior, and study skills. Throughout the book, highlighted Teaching Strategies allow readers to easily identify problems, locate solutions, and plan interventions.

  • Includes targeted strategies for adapting instruction in specific content areas. Part III presents inclusive instruction and strategies for teaching in the content areas: language and literacy (including reading, reading comprehension, spelling, and written expression); all areas of mathematics from early numeracy through problem solving; and science, social studies, and transition.

  • Offers valuable resources, tips, and classroom-ready pedagogy proven to make a difference for all students.

    • In the Classroom features provide practical tips, resources, and strategies for the classroom.

    • End-of-chapter Inclusion Checklists provide at-a-glance guides that address common issues that occur in inclusive settings.

    • Classroom Scenarios illustrate how the concepts covered in the text are applied in the classroom.

    • UPDATED: Research Highlights (including resources and questions for reflection) spotlight individual research studies that provide best practices for inclusive teaching.

    • UPDATED: Diversity in the Classroom features provide information on supporting the range of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in today’s classrooms.

    • UPDATED: Technology Apps features offer state-of-the-art information on educational apps and technological advances to facilitate teaching and learning in inclusive classrooms.

    • UPDATED: Throughout the text, additional examples detail how students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are included in inclusive classes and how educators can adapt their instruction to help students with ASD succeed in school.

  • NEW: Optimizes learning with straightforward advance organizers and summaries. The new organizational framework links chapter objectives with major sub-headings and summaries throughout the text, offering readers a clearer path for learning and reviewing the material.

  • UPDATED: Provides an entire chapter on Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) practices and their implementation. New coverage of MTSS and updated coverage of RTI is included in Chapter 7, “Response to Intervention and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.”

  • UPDATED: Increases coverage of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This edition incorporates more information about how UDL interacts with differentiated instruction.        

Also available with MyLab® Education

MyLab Education is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with the text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students see key concepts demonstrated through real classroom video footage, practice what they learn, test their understanding, and receive feedback to guide their learning and ensure they master key learning outcomes. The online resources in this MyLab include:

  • Video Examples. Throughout the eText, embedded videos provide illustrations of special education in action.  

  • Self-Check Assessments. Throughout the chapters, students will find self-check quizzes that help assess how well they have mastered chapter learning outcomes. The quizzes consist of self-grading multiple choice items that provide rationales, both for questions answered correctly and for questions answered incorrectly.  

  • Application Exercises. These scaffolded exercises, tied to learning outcomes, challenge learners to reflect on and to apply what they have learned in the text about working with students with disabilities.  


Pearson® MyLab Education includes the Pearson eText version of the book.