ERIC Number: ED354685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Curricular Adaptations: Accommodating the Instructional Needs of Diverse Learners in the Context of General Education.
This manual offers definitions, techniques, and strategies to generate curricular adaptations to meet the needs of students with a range of intellectual abilities, and thereby increase the practice of inclusive schooling in which all children learn together and multiplicity of learning styles is valued. First, an in-depth definition of "adaptations" is offered, followed by a summary of traditional adaptations. Then seven strategies for modifying the general education curriculum are presented. These are: (1) change the instructional grouping or arrangement; (2) change the teaching format; (3) change the environmental conditions; (4) change the curricular goals or learning outcomes; (5) change the instructional materials; (6) change the level or type of personal assistance; and (7) create an alternative activity. Next, a six-step process for designing curricular adaptations is explained and illustrated with a case study. An appendix outlines types of information for schools to gather about general education environments and activities and includes sample forms and checklists. (Contains 22 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Definitions, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Helping Relationship, Heterogeneous Grouping, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Mainstreaming, Social Integration, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Board of Education, Topeka.