1st Edition

Educating Learners with Down Syndrome
Research, theory, and practice with children and adolescents

ISBN 9780415816373
Published October 17, 2013 by Routledge
266 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

USD $57.95

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Book Description

For individuals with Down syndrome, the extent of the effect of intellectual disability depends largely on the degree of provision of appropriate support and intervention. In Educating Learners with Down Syndrome, editors Rhonda Faragher and Barbara Clarke have brought together a number of expert contributors, whose chapters review recent findings in the field of DS education, highlight promising practices, and identify areas for future research.

While the emphasis is primarily on the school years, links to early intervention and to life post-16 are made, with chapters organized into three parts: conceptual overview of issues in learning and teaching, learning mathematics, and literacy development. The book is also united by the cohesive themes of assessment, evidence-based practice, and inclusive practices.

Educating Learners with Down Syndrome importantly incorporates the voices of individuals with Down syndrome, whose personal narratives add significance to the research mission of the text and demonstrate the authors' inclusive philosophy. Aimed at researchers, teacher educators, higher degree students, and policy makers, this book is the first of its kind to provide a compendium of research on educating learners with Down syndrome.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Issues in Learning and Teaching  1. A lifespan perspective on learning in the context of Quality of Life Emeritus Professor Roy Brown, University of Calgary  2. Cognitive strengths and weaknesses for informing educational practice Dr Donna Couzens, University of Queensland, Associate Professor Monica Cuskelly, University of Queensland  3. Mastery motivation in children with Down syndrome: Promoting and sustaining interest in learning Dr Linda Gilmore, University of Queensland, Associate Professor Monica Cuskelly, University of Queensland  4 Enhancing learning for children with Down syndrome
Associate Professor Kathleen Feeley, Long Island University  Part 2: Learning Mathematics  5. Mathematics profile of the learner with Down syndrome  Dr Rhonda Faragher, Australian Catholic University, Associate Professor Barbara Clarke, Monash University  6. Developing early number concepts for children with Down syndrome Associate Professor Barbara Clarke, Monash University, Dr Rhonda Faragher, Australian Catholic University  7. Research on number knowledge of children with Down syndrome: Experiences from Indonesia Rumi Ati, PPPPTK Matematika  8. Learning mathematics in the secondary school: Possibilities for students with Down syndrome Dr Rhonda Faragher, Australian Catholic University  Part 3: Literacy Development  9. Developing the reading skills of children with Down syndrome Dr Kelly Burgoyne, University of Portsmouth, Dr Becky Baxter, University of Portsmouth, Emeritus Professor Sue Buckley, OBE, University of Portsmouth  10. Challenging literate invisibility: Continuing literacy education for young aduls and adults with Down syndrome Associate Professor Karen Moni, University of Queensland, Dr Anne Jobling, University of Queensland  11. Down syndrome: A story from a developing county Rumi Ati, PPPPTK Matematika  12. Where we are, where we would like to be and (perhaps) how we get there Dr Rhonda Faragher, Associate Professor Barbara Clarke

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Dr Rhonda Faragher is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Australian Catholic University.

Dr Barbara Clarke is an Associate Professor at Monash University, Victoria, Australia.


"I was very much impressed by Educating Learners with Down Syndrome. In Russia, we have great demand from school teachers to provide them with innovative pedagogical tools for children with learning difficulties and I'm pleased to say this book has aroused a great interest." - Natalia Rigina, Downside Up

"Educating Learners with Down Syndrome is a strong addition to the growing canon of books designed to assist teachers and school staff on how best to cater to students with Down syndrome. For parents, the book is an excellent primer on the educational needs of their children, as well as a tool to direct their child’s teachers to." – James Wright, Voice 

"Faragher and Clarke have brought together a diverse array of chapters that provide cutting edge information. […] The emphasis on the core academic content areas of math and literacy in this volume is critically needed as educators, families, and other practitioners increasingly need strategies to teach core content in inclusive settings. […] This volume sets the stage for ongoing research and practice." – Karrie A. Shogren, PsycCRITIQUES