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How Children Learn 4: Thinking on Special Educational Needs and Inclusion


An invaluable guide for anyone studying special education either at college or university, this title is also an essential read for anyone working in special education.

This book evaluates the ideas of the great thinkers, from Steiner to Gardner, and examines their influence today. Covering issues from inclusion to assessing learning potential, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in or working with children with additional needs.


  • Straightforward advice on putting the theories into practice

  • Breakdown of even the most complex theories into understandable ideas that you can relate to your experience of children

  • Clearly laid out text, making it easy to dip into for inspiration

  • Questioning of theories, to encourage you to evaluate how each idea would work in practice

Theorists covered include:

  • Benjamin Bloom

  • Jerome Bruner?

  • John Dewey

  • Reuven Feuerstein

  • Paulo Freire

  • Howard Gardner

  • Loris Malaguzzi

  • Maria Montessori?

  • A S Neill?

  • Carl Rogers

  • Rudolf Steiner?

  • Jean Piaget

  • Lev Vygotsky

  • Vivian Gussin-Paley

  • Ferre Laevers

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau

  • Albert Bandura

  • Abraham Maslow

Approaches covered include:

  • Assistive Technology?

  • Behaviour?

  • Hearing and visual impairment

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Learning through the Arts

  • Listening to children

  • Multi-professional working

  • Observation and Assessment?

  • Partnership with parents

ISBN: 9781907241055