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Responding to Special Educational Needs 2nd Edition

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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.