ERIC Number: ED470145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Individualized Instruction: An Integrated Approach.
Tate, Kathleen J.; DeBroux, Margie L.
To prepare diverse learners for various roles in life, teachers should develop contextualized learning environments that enable students to develop individual skills while contributing to the knowledge of the classroom community. This is accomplished by integrating various subject matter domains with interdisciplinary themes that incorporate real-life roles and contexts. This paper provides a framework for designing and implementing integrated units that address the needs of all students. The challenge is to promote learning and inclusiveness by engaging and scaffolding students with varying abilities. This is accomplished through thematic, integrated lessons that utilize various media and technologies. Experts in the fields of learning, cognition, and instructional-design suggest approaches that serve as guidelines for tailoring instruction to meet the needs of all students so that they may participate to the fullest extent possible and progress to increasingly higher levels of expertise. Drawing upon theory, such instruction may be designed by utilizing the following steps, each of which is discussed in this paper: determine broad goals; establish an enriched context; develop domain-specific goals related to the context; use multiple, authentic assessments as a base line for developing individual learning experiences; use a variety of strategies and activities that address diverse learning styles; provide a variety of media and technology to individualize learning; scaffold through constant monitoring and guidance; allow time for student work to be self-paced; encourage a learning community that values the input of individuals; and extend learning and transfer in subsequent themes. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.