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Language and Discourse in Special Education

Understanding Ethnographic Interdisciplinary Team Culture

Manor-Binyamini, Iris

2015, XIV, 142 p. 11 illus.

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  • Examines the impact of words and discourse on the culture of a special education school
  • Discusses organizational, social, professional, and emotional experiences of multidisciplinary team members
  • Explores how team members describe and interpret daily requirements of working effectively in a special education school
  • Analyzes the influence of language and discourse on outlook, behavior patterns, and coping of team members

Interdisciplinary teamwork has significantly improved the education of children with special needs. Because the students' needs are complex, the responses of the diverse professionals working together to provide services must be equally multifaceted.


Language and Discourse in Special Education analyzes how interdisciplinary teams work in school settings, specifically how members convey their knowledge in collaboration with others. Results from an in-depth study conducted in a school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities illustrate the evolution of team culture, from establishing a common language to sharing information to solving day-to-day problems. The book details how educators, therapists, and doctors integrate concepts from their distinct fields and apply this shared knowledge in dealing with students, the administration, and one another. These observations support theoretical models of how teams can most effectively address student needs and identify optimal conditions for meaningful collaboration.


Featured areas of coverage include:


  • The importance of interdisciplinary teamwork in special education
  • Methods used in analyzing language and discourse
  • Key words relating to the team's work with the students
  • Discourse events within the team and with the administration
  • A practical model for interdisciplinary teamwork


Language and Discourse in Special Education is an essential reference for researchers, professionals, and graduate students working with special needs students in child and school psychology, behavioral therapy (e.g., occupational, psychical, speech), social work, pediatric medicine, and allied mental health and medical fields.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Administrative discourse in special education - Collaboration in the special education classroom - Communication and multidisciplinary special education teams - Cultural issues and interdisciplinary special education teams - Data analysis in special education - Data collection and special education students - Ethnographic case study of a special education school - Interviewing for students with mental disabilities - Language and discourse in special education programs - Medical professionals and special education students - Multidisciplinary team culture in special education - School psychologists and special education students - Special education classrooms and interdisciplinary teams

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Medicine - Social Sciences

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