Mainstreamed students with learning difficulties : failing and underachieving in the secondary school

Watson, Julie & Boman, Peter (2005) Mainstreamed students with learning difficulties : failing and underachieving in the secondary school. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 10(2), pp. 43-49.

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Despite the rhetoric that students with learning difficulties are adequately supported within schools, the evidence suggests that they continue to experience school failure with devastating consequences. Students with learning difficulties are disproportionately represented as juvenile delinquents, as the unemployed and in mental health statistics. However, the defining of this group remains confused and imprecise and has not been a national priority. This has repercussions for both secondary schools and for the students themselves. This paper highlights research related to teaching practices, policies and school structure and their effects on the academic outcomes and emotional well being of students with learning difficulties. Finally, it makes a number of recommendations to change the status quo for these students.

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ID Code: 28876
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Learning Difficulties, Learning Disabilities, Special Needs, Secondary Schools
ISSN: 1940-4158
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Learning Difficulties Australia
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2009 22:56
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:41

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