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Professional development for inclusive differentiated teaching practice

Scott, Wendy A. & Spencer, Fiona H. (2006) Professional development for inclusive differentiated teaching practice. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 11(1), pp. 35-44.

Abstract

In this study a survey was developed in order to ascertain the beliefs of teachers in relation to differentiated instruction and inclusive teaching practices for students who experience difficulties with literacy. The survey was administered to 64 teachers in 5 participating primary schools. Teachers generally held positive beliefs about inclusion and differentiated teaching practice but 8% of respondents reported that all students could not be successful in their classes and 41% of respondents were unsure whether all students could be successful. Not all teachers believed that they could ensure success by adapting the curriculum and around 17% of respondents believed that students with learning difficulties hold back students who are not impaired. All staff had an opportunity to develop a more heightened awareness of their beliefs through provision of feedback and opportunity to discuss responses to the surveys. The beliefs of teachers were addressed in a professional development activity on differentiated instruction during which teachers were provided with information and given opportunities to reflect on their teaching practices.

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ID Code: 5760
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Learning disabilities, inclusive education, Remedial teaching, Assessment, Teacher's beliefs
ISSN: 1324-8928
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Learning Difficulties Australia
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 13:23

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