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Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family?Professional Relationships [Paperback]

Maya Kalyanpur Ph.D. , Beth Harry Ph.D.

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Book Description

June 13 2012 1598572318 978-1598572315

To succeed in increasingly diverse classrooms, tomorrow's special educators need explicit training on working effectively with all families. Prepare the next generation of teachers with this accessible text, developed by two highly respected experts on cultural and linguistic diversity and inclusive education.

Ideal for use as a supplementary textbook in a wide range of courses related to special education, this book gives educators a practical framework forcultural reciprocity—a process that helps professionals and families examine their own values, respect each other's differences, and collaborate skillfully to benefit children.

Educators will learn how to

  • strengthen awarenessof their own cultural identities and roles

  • explore how their values and beliefs might affect interactionswith families

  • sidestep stereotypesby treating each family and situation as unique

  • ensure successful IEP meetingsthrough effective cross-cultural communication

  • avoid "right versus wrong"assumptions about parenting styles and practices

  • understand how diverse families might viewkey special education goals—independence, individuality, and work

  • combine ideas from different value systemsto arrive at solutions that work for everyone

  • challenge the ways in which mainstream cultureshapes special education policies and practices

The authors draw on their own experiences and research to describe applications of cultural reciprocity, including reader-friendly textboxes and memorable personal anecdotes.

To give special educators a deeper, more nuanced understanding of cultural reciprocity, the text also includes three chapter-long case studies that further illustrate the process at work. Readers will learn from the challenges and successes of an African American researcher working with a group of teenage mothers; two teacher educators collaborating on the Special Educators Entering a Diverse Society (SEEDS) project; and an Asian Indian teacher educator leading a class of mostly Caucasian students.

A key text for future special educators—and a valuable resource for inservice training—this book will help teachers build strong collaborative relationships with diverse families and ensure that all children receive the best possible education.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing (June 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598572318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598572315
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g

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About the Author

Maya Kalyanpur, Ph.D., has focused on teaching and research related to the needs and perspectives of families from culturally diverse backgrounds. In 1997, she received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Beach Center for Families and Disability at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where the work documented in this book was carried out. She serves as a consulting editor for Mental Retardation and Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Instruction. She was a classroom teacher and director of a private school for children with disabilities in New Delhi, India, before coming to the United States as a graduate student. She received her doctoral degree in special education from Syracuse University in 1994.

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