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International Practices in Special Education
Debates and Challenges

Margret A. Winzer and
Kas Mazurek, Editors

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Contributors, contíd.

Seiichi Makino is a professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Sapporo Gakuin University. His fi eld of study is special needs education for physically and intellectually disabled children. He is an expert of autism spectrum support qualifi ed by the Japanese Academy of Autistic Spectrum.

Kas Mazurek is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. His research and teaching overlap the fi elds of comparative education, multiculturalism, and the social contexts of ideas, policies, and practices in education.

Anjali Misra is professor of special education at the State University of New York, Potsdam, and current chair of the Department of Special Education. She was primarily responsible for the development of the Master in Special Education degree program at this college. After completing a masterís in child development from Delhi University in India, she got a masterís and Ph.D. in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Misra has several years of experience teaching children with disabilities. She founded a small school for children with special needs in India. She has published chapters in six different books and articles in several journals including the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Exceptional Children, The Elementary School Journal, and Behavioral Disorders. Her current research interests focus on international special education, service delivery, and in the area of emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Misra has been the recipient of several awards in both India and the United States including the Presidentís Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship at SUNY Potsdam.

Mark P. Mostert is director of the Institute for the Study of Disability and Bioethics at Regent University in Virginia Beach Virginia, where he is also professor of special education and director of the special education doctoral program.

Satoshi Nitsu is an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Sapporo Gakuin University. His fi eld of specialization is special needs education.

Festus E. Obiakor is a professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include multicultural special education, education for at-risk learners, comparative/international special education, and educational reform. He is an internationally known teacher-scholar who has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications, including books and journal articles. He serves on the editorial boards of many refereed journals and he is the executive editor of Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT).

Fr. MaxMary Tabugbo Offor is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include multicultural special education, international special education, and at-risk learners. He is an experienced public school teacher.

Mah Nazir Riaz is currently professor of psychology and dean of social sciences at Frontier Women University in Peshawar. She was professor at the Centre of Excellence in Psychology at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad from 1999 to 2002. Her academic publications include over 60 research papers in national and international journals, three textbooks, and chapters contributed to edited books. Among her national and international honors and awards is the ďIzaz-e-KamalĒ (President of Pakistanís Award) in 2002 for her lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions to the fi eld of psychology; the Distinguished Professor Award from the Ministry of Education of NWFP in 2003; and the Star Women International Award in 1996. She is a member of the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection (ISIPAR) and representative of ISIPAR for South Asia. Over the last two decades her research projects have focused, in particular, on parental acceptance-rejection.

Martyn Rouse is chair of the social and educational inclusion program at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he directs the Inclusive Practice Project, which is designed to reform teacher education so that teachers are better prepared to work in the diverse classrooms to be found in schools today. Previously he was a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies for Education at St Catharineís College, Cambridge. He has undertaken research and development work on inclusion for local authorities in the UK and for several national and international agencies, including the European Agency for the Development of Special Needs Education, the OECD and UNICEF. He has published widely on inclusion and special needs and is a well-known speaker on these issues nationally and internationally. He is the co-author of Achievement and Inclusion in Schools published by Routledge, winner of the NASEN/Times Education Supplement Academic Book of the Year 2008.

Alemayehu Teklemariam is chair of the Department of Special Needs Education, Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia. His BA is from the University of Joensuu, Finland; M.Phil from the University of Oslo, Norway; and PhD from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. He has been a teacher in primary regular school and in a special school for the deaf, he served as a teacher trainer at Adama Teachers College and Sebeta Center for Special Needs Education, and he was a curriculum expert and researcher at the Institute of Curriculum Development and Research before becoming Head of Educational Programs and Teacher Education in the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia. In 2003 he joined Addis Ababa University.

Tatsuya Toda is assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Kushiro Campus, Hokkaido University of Education.

Mitsuyasu Tomita is a professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Sapporo Gakuin University. His fi eld of study is education methods.

Margret A. Winzer is a professor emerita at the University of Lethbridge where she teaches courses in special education and early childhood education. She has researched and written extensively in the area of special education and inclusion, most recently in the fields of the history of special education and comparative studies in special education.

Joseph Zajda is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus). He specializes in globalization and education policy reforms, comparative and international education, decentralization and privatization, and excellence and quality in education. He has written and edited 24 books and over 100 book chapters and articles in the areas of globalization and education policy, social justice, intercultural dialogue, human rights education, higher education, and curriculum reforms. He is the editor of the 12-volume book series Globalisation and Comparative Education (Springer, 2009, 2010). He is also the editor of The International Handbook of Globalisation and Education Policy Research. Dordrecht: Springer (2005, 2011) and also edits World Studies in Education, Curriculum and Teaching, and Education and Society for James Nicholas Publishers. He received the Vice-Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching, Australian Catholic University in 2004.

Margret A. Winzer is former Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Kas Mazurek is Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

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