Publication Date: August 14, 2020
How can novice special education teachers improve their practice and grow as professionals? How can veteran teachers remain connected to their profession and share their knowledge and skills? In this readable, research-based guide, the authors outline a program of collaboration to enable novice teachers to gain insight from their more experienced colleagues. The book argues that epistemic empathy is a core attribute to develop in practitioners at all levels of experience in order to apply principles of special education practice in thoughtful and innovative ways. The authors show how to develop the dispositions and repertoire for successful teaching by building bridges across the profession. This dialogical approach is the foundation for sustained growth at all levels of practice, and for deepening the kind of practical wisdom that comes with time.
Alice Tesch Graham is a professor of special education at Salve Regina University. Gia Anselmo Renaud is an assistant professor at Bridgewater State University. Martha McCann Rose is a professor of education and fellow at The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University.
“Building on their decades of experience as teacher educators and special education teachers, Graham, Renaud, and Rose have written an easy-to-read book addressing critical topics in the preparation of special education teachers and built on a framework of epistemic empathy. The very real examples of dilemmas faced by teachers, their mentors, and administrators will encourage readers to consider others’ perspectives when problem-solving challenging situations. The book will be a helpful resource in preparing special education teachers, mentors, or administrators.”
—Lynne Ryan, Providence College