Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Special Education in Contemporary Society, 7e!

Special Education in Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Exceptionality offers a comprehensive, engaging, and readable introduction to the dynamic field of special education. Grounded in research and updated to reflect the most current thinking and standards of the field, this book provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that are crucial to constructing learning environments that allow all students to reach their full potential. Authors Richard M. Gargiulo and Emily C. Bouck encourage a deep awareness and understanding of the “human” side of special education, providing students with a look into the lives of exceptional students and their families, as well as the teachers that work with exceptional persons throughout their lives. The Seventh Edition maintains the broad context and research focus for which the book is known while expanding on current trends and contemporary issues to better serve both pre-service and in-service teachers of exceptional individuals.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Richard M. Gargiulo and Emily C. Bouck for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Dave Frantzreb, PhD of UNC Charlotte and Nancy Burton, PhD of Concord University for developing the resources on this site.