Development and Policy Concerning Children with Special Needs

Development and Policy Concerning Children with Special Needs

Development and Policy Concerning Children with Special Needs

Development and Policy Concerning Children with Special Needs

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This volume contains the papers presented at the sixteenth Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology, held October 22-24, 1981, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. As has been the tradition for this annual series, the faculty of the Institute of Child Development invited six internationally eminent researchers to present their own research, and to consider problems of mutual concern to scientists studying children and development. For the sixteenth symposium, six members of the University of Minnesota community were also asked to comment on the papers, and their reactions are included in the volume.

The theme of the past symposium, and the present volume, was development and policy concerning children with special needs. This topic is particularly timely. The field of child psychology is coming to a new appreciation of individual differences, and is raising new questions concerning plasticity of development. Knowledge about special populations promises to enrich our general understanding of development. In addition, policy makers increasingly are valuing the contributions of developmental scientists. Such societal impact perhaps has been most obvious with regard to special populations.

The main presenters at the symposium were Dr. Tiffany Field (Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami), Dr. Marcel Kinsbourne (Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, Walter E. Fernald State School), Dr. Claire Kopp (Graduate School of Education, University of California at Los Angeles), Dr. Alan Sroufe (Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota), Dr. Michael Wald (Stanford Law School, Stanford University), and Dr. David Weikart (High/Scope . . .

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