Title The Ethics of Special Education, 2/e
Author Kenneth R. Howe, Amy L. Boelé, Ofelia B. Miramontes
ISBN 9780807758953
List price USD 29.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 168
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Teachers College Press (Eurospan Group)
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“Readers of The Ethics of Special Education will find real-world ethical dilemmas that reflect the current laws and trends in special education policy and practice. As a researcher in the field, a lawyer, a former teacher, and as a parent, I recommend this book for all those who help students with disabilities succeed in life. This casebook highlights the importance of reasoned exploration and empathy when attempting to solve the kind of hard questions faced by members of school communities across the nation. There are no simple answers, but for all stakeholders, this book will help you develop a clearer understanding of sound approaches to the difficult problems that you will likely grapple with.”

—Daniel Losen, director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies


“Opportunities to access, participate, and learn alongside a diverse range of public school students are vital to the success of students who have dis/abilities. It has never been more important for educators to work deliberately and ethically to ensure that their choices for curriculum, pedagogies, and learning outcomes benefit the learners they serve. Neoliberal politics, raced assumptions about what counts as learning, and the forced march towards globalization challenge educators. Decisions about who enters special education, for what purpose and whose benefit, are fraught. Howe and Boele’s new edition extends the vision that Miramontes had for schools that embraced all who entered.”

—Elizabeth B. Kozleski, University of Kansas


Since publication of the original edition of this book, there have been significant changes across the landscape of special education. This new edition addresses those changes and revisits enduring ethical issues that are most salient and pressing to special education teachers and administrators. Using a case-based approach, this popular text encourages students to reason and collaborate about ethical issues rather than simply master a set of principles and precepts. The issues highlighted in this volume include due process, the distribution of educational resources, institutional unresponsiveness, professional relationships, conflicts among parents and teachers, and confidentiality. The Ethics of Special Education, Second Edition emphasizes the perspectives and predicaments of special educators, but is also germane to the professional lives of a much wider range of individuals, from classroom teachers engaged in inclusion to administrators and school psychologists involved in negotiating IEPs (Individualized Education Programs).

Book Features:

  • Real-life cases that raise personal, institutional, and policy issues endemic to special education.
  • A philosophically grounded framework for discussing the cases.
  • An approach that helps students work as a group to disentangle the ethical problems associated with the case.
  • Examples of what reasonably careful and comprehensive analyses look like.
  • Updated and completely new cases based on feedback from special educators and administrators.
  • An updated version of the Council for Exceptional Children’s code of ethics.


Foreword to the 1st Edition, James M. Kauffman

Foreword to the 2nd Edition, Alfredo J. Artiles


A Note on the Case-Based Approach to the Study of Ethics

Chapter 1. Introduction • A Preliminary Observation Regarding the Study of Ethics • Getting Started

Chapter 2. The Nature of Ethical Deliberation • Law and Ethics • Facts and Values • Philosophical Ethics • Conclusion

Chapter 3. Public Policy and the Mission of Special Education • Due Process • The Distribution of Educational Resources • Case: Refusing to Fund Outside Special Services? • The Bureau-Therapeutic Structure of Special Education

Chapter 4. Pragmatist Ethical Theory • The View from Nowhere versus the View from Here: The Pragmatist Alternative • Professional Ethics and Compromise • Religion and Ethical Deliberation • Professional Ethical Codes and Ethical Deliberation

Chapter 5. Institutional Demands and Constraints • Institutional Unresponsiveness • Labeling • Professional Relationships

Chapter 6. Obligations of Schools to Students and Their Families • Conflicts Among Parents and Teachers About Student Welfare • Case: Withholding Information About Poor Performance? • Confidentiality • Special Allowances for Special Education Students?

Appendix A: Cases for Discussion • Case 1: Reward for a Job Well Done? • Case 2: Arbitrary and Capricious Placement Criteria? • Case 3: Double Jeopardy • Case 4: LRE and Paraprofessonals • Case 5: Medication or Else • Case 6: Do the Ends Justify the Means? • Case 7: Teaching Responsibility or Limiting Opportunity? • Case 8: Multilingual Students with Monolingual Teachers • Case 9: Who Decides the Curriculum? • Case 10: Who Should Pay? • Case 11: No Label, No Service • Case 12: Ready to Graduate? • Case 13: Treating Like Cases Alike?

Appendix B: Council for Exceptional Children Code of Ethics



About the Authors

About the Authors:

Kenneth R. Howe is professor emeritus of educational foundations, policy, and practice at the School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder.

Amy L. Boelé is assistant professor of special education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.

The late Ofelia B. Miramontes was associate professor of education and associate vice chancellor for diversity and equity at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Target Audience:

This book is intended for people interested in Special Education.


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