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Social Studies and Exceptional Learners

Social Studies and Exceptional LearnersDarren Minarik and Timothy Lintner
NCSS Bulletin 115. 183 pp., 2016

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Even as students with disabilities are more fully included in general education settings, there is a significant lack of resources on teaching social studies to these exceptional learners. This book fills that important gap. “The driving force behind this publication,” the authors write,  “was the limited number of empirical investigations and teacher practitioner articles currently available for social studies educators who want to address the needs of exceptional learners in their classrooms.”

Darren Minarik and Timothy Lintner bring together the latest research in special education and social studies in this easy-to-use guide for educators at all levels from elementary through high school.

The authors provide background information on categories of disability, and laws driving disability services in schools, and recommend best practices for educating these exceptional students in an inclusive classroom setting. The topics discussed include instructional design and strategy, assessment, classroom management, and the use of appropriate technology.

Minarik and Lintner offer carefully designed lesson plans for teaching economics, geography, history, and civics to exceptional learners at each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The lessons are aligned with the national social studies standards and the C3 Framework for social studies state standards. The authors also recommend important institutional and published resources that can assist with the education of exceptional learners.

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