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Educating Exceptional Children, Tenth Edition
Samuel A. Kirk, late of University of Arizona
James J. Gallagher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nicholas J. Anastasiow, Hunter College, City University of New York
Questions for Thought
Chapter 2: Exceptional Children and Social Institutions: Schools, Government, and the Courts

  1. If good teaching is going on in the general education classroom, why are special education programs and services necessary?
  2. What impact does the least restrictive environment have on the job of the general education teacher, on the quality of life for students with disabilities, and on students without disabilities?
  3. What specific advantages do computers offer in the education program for exceptional children?
  4. Explain the five steps of the assessment process.
  5. How can the individualized program contribute to the appropriate education of students with disabilities, and how can it help general education teachers?
  6. What two problems was federal legislation for special education intended to address?
  7. PL94-142 was aimed primarily at the school-age population. Describe four major pieces of legislation that extended rights to children with disabilities.
  8. Identify and briefly explain the six key principles of PL 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.
  9. How did passage of PL94-142 place substantial pressure on public school systems?


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