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In Search of Better Angels Stories of Disability in the Human Family by J. David Smith
  

In Search of Better Angels Stories of Disability in the Human Family

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In Search of Better Angels Stories of Disability in the Human Family by J. David Smith

`We must first understand others before we can care about them and we must care about them before we can love them. In this book, J David Smith takes us on a fascinating journey from understanding to caring to love'- Leonard O Pellicer, Dean, University of La Verne, La Verne, California In his book, In Search of Better Angels: Stories of Disability in the Human Family, author J David Smith appeals to the better angels of our character in a unique style of writing uncommon in literature for educational practitioners. The book seeks understanding for children with disabilities and the creation of a society that celebrates human diversity through a collection of stories. In Search of Better Angels discusses the challenges and possibilities for an inclusive educational system that accepts and welcomes students with disabilities. The stories presented throughout the book journey through the historical and scientific theories that shaped society's perception of people with disabilities. They include narratives of personal change and realizations, evaluations of trends in teaching and education for students with disabilities, and lessons we can learn as a society from people with disabilities and the qualities they possess

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We must first understand others before we can care about them and we must care about them before we can love them. In this book, J. David Smith takes us on a fascinating journey from understanding to caring to love.

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This is not just a book about special education or people with disabilities, this is a book about humanity and what it means to be human! J. David Smith carries on in the best tradition of the great Southern storytellers. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, but most importantly, he will make you think! There are insights in this wonderful book that, if taken to heart, can make us all better angels!

We must first understand others before we can care about them and we must care about them before we can love them. In this book, J. David Smith takes us on a fascinating journey from understanding to caring to love. -- Leonard O. Pellicer, Dean


About the Author

J. David Smith is Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He earned both baccalaureate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was awarded a second master's degree and his doctorate from Columbia University. His professional experience includes a work as a public school teacher and as a counselor. He and his wife, Joyce, served two years in Jamaica working as Peace Corps volunteers. Before coming to The University of Virginia's College at Wise as Provost, he served as Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at Longwood University. He also served as Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He began his higher education career at Lynchburg College. Smith has made numerous invited presentations to national and international audiences and regularly contributes to the professional literature on education, human services, and public policy through journal articles. He is the author of ten books. One of the integrating themes of his research and writing has been a concern for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Smith has devoted much of his scholarship to the study of the history of eugenics and its impact on social and educational policy, and he has also been active in addressing contemporary problems and issues in education.

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Publication date

8th May 2003

Author

J. David Smith

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Publisher

Corwin Press Inc an imprint of SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
160 pages

Categories

Disability: social aspects
Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs

ISBN

9780761938408

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