Dr. James M. Kauffman, professor emeritus of education at the University of Virginia, received his Ed.D. in special education from the University of Kansas in 1969. He is a past president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD). Among his honors are the 2002 Outstanding Leadership Award from CCBD and the 1994 Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. Besides the book Education Deform, published in 2002, he is author, editor, co-author, or co-editor of numerous publications in special education and related fields. One of his textbooks, Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children and Youth, had been widely adopted in special education and is now in its eighth edition. His most recent co-authored books are Special Education: What It Is and Why We Need It; Learning Disabilities: Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Teaching; Children and Youth With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: A History of Their Education; the fourth edition of Managing Classroom Behavior: A Reflective Case-Based Approach; and the 10th edition of Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education.
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