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Toward a Theology of Special Education

Integrating Faith and Practice

by David W. Anderson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/31/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781449772499
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781449772512
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781449772505

About the Book

“Professor, mentor, author, disability advocate, seminar leader around the world—Dr. David Anderson corralled his many talents and worldwide experiences to author this important book. The volume should prove invaluable to Christians concerned about disabilities, especially teachers. Without flinching, Dr. Anderson tackles the tough issues: How could a good and benevolent God permit disabled children? Are disabilities the result of sin? How does a Christian teacher of the disabled differ from secular counterparts? Especially helpful is his emphasis on the reflective teacher integrating faith and learning. Certainly this is a volume that belongs on the bookshelves of anyone concerned with disabilities.” —Steven A. Kaatz PhD, Graduate Programs in Special Education, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota “I have had the privilege of traveling with Dr. Anderson as he has taught the concepts addressed in this book to educators, pastors, and parents in a variety of countries. I’ve seen the material come alive as leaders discover the importance of thinking Christianly about disability. This book has the potential of impacting all readers in similar ways. Dr. Anderson challenges all of us to come to grips with a biblical worldview and then to live it out within our spheres of influence. Toward a Theology of Special Education thus encourages all readers to think Christianly about disability. Such thinking will then motivate us to care with God’s care and to serve with God’s concern for justice and compassion.” —Dr. Richard Schoenert, pastor emeritus, Calvary Church, Roseville, Minnesota

About the Author

David W. Anderson earned a BA in Bible from Gordon College, an MEd in special education from Temple University, an EdD in special education/early childhood education from the University of North Dakota, and a certificate in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (MN). For more than forty years, he has been involved in special education/disability studies, including teaching in regular and special education setting, doing psychoeducational assessment, serving as a resource consultant to schools, and training teachers for special education. In 2007, he retired from Bethel University (Minnesota), where he was professor and director of graduate programs in special education. He is emeritus professor of education at Bethel University. David has authored several journal articles and presented at professional meetings internationally, focusing on aspects of special education and inclusion. Much of his writing centers on biblical/theological issues related to special education/disability studies. In 2005, he and his wife formed Crossing Bridges, Inc., an educational ministry primarily oriented toward creating awareness of disability issues among churches and Bible schools around the world and working with indigenous ministries that serve individuals and families affected by disability. Through Crossing Bridges, he has taught in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, helping church leaders to see the necessity of, and develop skills for, ministry within the disability community. David and his wife of forty-eight years currently live in Woodinville, Washington. They have three grown daughters and eight grandchildren.