Our Labeled Children

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-04
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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Twenty percent of all school-aged children in this country have been labeled Learning Disabled. But what is a genuine learning disability? How does it differ from garden-variety poor learning? How can we more accurately assess and then teach to individual learning strengths instead of merely pinpointing learning weaknesses? In this passionately argued yet clear-headed book, internationally acclaimed cognitive psychologist Robert Sternberg and research scientist Elena Grigorenko tackle these controversial issues, urging that we understand the full range of factors that contribute to learning disabilities (and sometimes to their misdiagnosis) in order to improve the American educational and diagnostic systems.From the biological bases of dyslexia and other disabilities, to the tests that do and do not accurately assess learning abilities, to the social and educational pressures that contribute to misdiagnosis,Our Labeled Childrenclearly outlines the issues that concern both parents and teachers, ultimately pointing to clear strategies for improving our system to help children with all manner of learning problems.

Author Biography

Robert J. Sternberg is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part I What Are Learning Disabilities, Who Has Them, and What Has Been Done About Them? 1(90)
The LD Lottery: Who Wins, Who Loses?
What's at Stake? Abilities, Disabilities, and Lotteries
Picking the Lucky Tickets: Difficulties in Identifying People with Learning Disabilities
Pretend That No One Lost: Issues Regarding Accommodations and Special Services
Part II The Science of Reading Disabilities 91(100)
The Mind of the Child with LD: Cognitive Bases of Reading and Reading Disabilities
The Brain of the Child with LD: Biological Bases of Reading and Reading Disabilities
The Genes of the Child with LD: Genetic Bases of Reading and Reading Disabilities
Part III Learning Disabilities in the School, Courtroom, and Society 191(52)
Getting a Better Ticket: LD in the School
There Are No Jackpots: LD in the Courtroom
Part IV What Needs to be Done 243(18)
LD: The Lottery That Everyone Wins and Loses
Notes 261(18)
Index 279

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