Handbook of Cognitive, Social, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities - Vol. 2

Handbook of Cognitive, Social, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities - Vol. 2

Handbook of Cognitive, Social, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities - Vol. 2

Handbook of Cognitive, Social, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities - Vol. 2

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This is the companion volume to the Handbook of Cognitive, Social, and Neuropsychological Aspects of Learning Disabilities -Vol. 1. As such, it is a continuation of the theme and approach taken in the first volume. There are four thematic sections, comprised of three to four chapters each, dealing with cognitive (micro-level and macro-level), social, and neurological characteristics of learning-disabled individuals. In the Preface to volume 1 of the Handbook , I described the development of these first two volumes. It is not necessary to rehash those details here, but I do think one feature deserves mentioning again. It is the use of critical commentaries.

Each thematic section is followed by a critical/integrative commentary written by an active researcher in the area. These commentaries should prove to be immensely useful to researchers, as they are replete with insights and linkages that make for exciting reading. Often during the course of putting together these first two volumes I came to regret this commentary feature. There were several reasons for the regret. First, the use of commentators enormously complicated the production schedule because the individual chapters had to be sent to the commentators for analysis and this alone added several months delay to their publication. In the event that an individual chapter was returned to the author for revisions, the others could not be sent on to the commentator or publisher because all of the chapters were needed to typeset the correct page numbers, indices, and so on. And second, frequently an author and commentator disagreed about something stated by the author or commentator and refereeing such disputes added additional delays (and occasionally resulted in some bruised feelings). But I am glad I did not abandon the commentary concept. It is the one feature that is unique to the Handbooks and it is responsible for the high level of scholarship found in the chapters.

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