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Responding to Special Education Needs

Second edition of this popular textbook, which establishes the area of special education within an Irish context.
  • New to this edition:
    • Examines leadership within special educational needs
    • Addresses the concept of children with special educational needs participating in their own learning
    • Recent special educational needs research conducted in Ireland is included
    • New developments in the provision of special educational needs support.
  • Provides a foundation knowledge of and a framework for analysing and reflecting on issues in special education in Ireland.

  • Introduces the basic concepts underlying policy, practice and provision in this area.

  • Traces the development of special education policy and practice in Ireland within European and international contexts.

  • The Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 (EPSEN) permeates the text.

  • An informal approach is used in presenting the philosophical and ethical issues underlying relevant policies and provision.

  • Reflective questions and/or case studies are provided at the end of each chapter.

  • Undergraduate students in primary teacher education.
  • Students completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Education for post-primary education.
  • Experienced teachers on Continuing Professional Development programmes.

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Publication Date

August 2011




Paperback, 320 pages

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1: Identifying the Issues

Section One: Setting the Scene

2: The Experiences of People with Disabilities: Marginalisation, Recognition and Rights

3: Historical Emergence: The Irish Experience

4: Developing Policy and Provision in Special Education

5: Moving Towards Schools for All

Section Two: Beginning the Process

6: Addressing Core Issues in Special Education

7: Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs

8: Individual Education Planning

Section Three: Developing Classroom Strategies

9: Accessing the Curriculum: Models of Differentiation

10: Examining Difficulties in Literacy and Numeracy

11: Understanding and Approaching Behaviour Difficulties

12: Strategies for Specific Special Educational Needs

Section Four: Sustaining Collaborative Approaches


235 x 157 mm


By Sean Griffin and Michael Shevlin

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Sean Griffin is Academic Head at St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland where he is also Director of Special Education Studies. He is a tutor for online postgraduate programmes in special education/inclusion in Hibernia College. He was founding editor of REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland.

Michael Shevlin is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin where he teaches courses in special education for students completing the Postgraduate Diploma for post-primary education and students at Masters level. He has published widely, nationally and internationally, on developing inclusive learning environments.

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