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The Medicalization of America's Schools

Challenging the Concept of Educational Disabilities

Authors: Macht, Joel

  • Provides a non-categorical, non-pathological perspective that counters the traditional medical/disability model in today’s schools
  • Counters the notion that ADHD and LD are responsible for children’s achievement struggles and behavior problems
  • Demonstrates strategies that advance learning strengths, helping children to gain self-assurance, become self-directed, and experience the sustaining joy from learning and their own achievement
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About this book

This book challenges the validity of ADHD, learning disabilities, and dyslexia as meaningful special education "categories" and critically examines the misplaced medical model from which they are derived. The presumption that these disabilities cause school-related problems detracts from identifying factors within the classroom that create and maintain a child’s underachievement and disruptive behavior. Moreover, when the disability is finally named, it provides no functional information that translates into effective coping strategies. Macht delves into the misunderstood structure of these disabilities, pointing out that they are not verifiable disabilities but weak constructs that poorly describe each child’s uniqueness. Finally, he provides an alternative model based on children's strengths rather than their deficiencies, and presents strategies that advance school-related success.   

About the authors

Joel Macht is a former professor of educational psychology at the University of Denver, USA. He is an author, lecturer, former school psychologist, board certified behavior analyst, and former behavior consultant to school districts in Colorado and Arizona, USA.

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Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62974-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62973-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Medicalization of America's Schools
Book Subtitle
Challenging the Concept of Educational Disabilities
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62974-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62974-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62973-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 243
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