ERIC Number: ED382598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Educating Diverse Learners. Fastback 384.
Research supports the belief that most students can learn, but each child concentrates, processes, absorbs, and remembers new and difficult information in a different way. Teaching failing students in ways that complement their learning styles increases their standardized test scores in several academic areas. Instructional practices useful with underachieving students focus on: (1) the child's need to feel physically comfortable, including sound versus quiet, bright lights versus soft, formal seating versus informal seating, mobility versus passivity, and other factors; (2) the need to identify and share with children how each best remembers new and difficult information; (3) whether children learn best alone, in pairs, with peers in cooperative or competitive teams, or with authoritative or collegial adults; (4) the time of day during which an individual experiences energy highs; (5) use of a global or analytic cognitive processing style; (6) use of alternative instructional strategies to maintain interest and avoid boredom; (7) experimentation to find the most effective teaching methods for each youngster; (8) tutoring; (9) effective use of direct instruction; (10) use of computer instruction to reinforce tactual learning; (11) focus on multicultural education; and (12) focus on multiple intelligences. (Contains 10 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cognitive Style, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Individual Differences, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Underachievement
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Diversity (Student)