Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family-Professional Relationships

Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family-Professional Relationships

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Ideal for use as a supplementary textbook in a wide range of courses related to special education, this book gives educators a practical framework for cultural reciprocity--a process that helps professionals and families examine their own values, respect each other's differences, and collaborate skillfully to benefit children.

Educators will learn how to:

Strengthen awareness of their own cultural identities and roles
Explore how their values and beliefs might affect interactions with families
Sidestep stereotypes by treating each family and situation as unique
Ensure successful IEP meetings through effective cross-cultural communication
Avoid "right versus wrong" assumptions about parenting styles and practices
Understand how diverse families might view key special education goals--independence, individuality, and work
Combine ideas from different value systems to arrive at solutions that work for everyone
Challenge the ways in which mainstream culture shapes special education policies and practices

The authors draw on their own experiences and research to describe applications of cultural reciprocity, including reader-friendly textboxes and memorable personal anecdotes.

Additional Information

Author Maya Kalyanpur, Beth Harry
Publisher Brookes
Publication Date 2012
Edition No
Pages 216
ISBN13 9781598572315