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ERIC Number: EJ1008518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Helping Students Succeed within Secondary-Level STEM Content: Using the "T" in STEM to Improve Literacy Skills
Kennedy, Michael J.; Wexler, Jade
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v45 n4 p26-33 Mar-Apr 2013
Literacy and other content-specific demands presented within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) coursework can overwhelm all students and especially students with learning challenges. Although STEM content is often complex in itself (e.g., numerous multisyllabic words, lengthy expository texts, abstract concepts), some teacher presentation styles create further difficulties for students because of the mismatch between the cognitive learning needs of students with learning difficulties and the delivery of instruction they provide. In this article, the authors discuss the source of learning mismatches introduced by content demands and instructional approaches, and highlight several evidence-based practices intended to support teachers and students as they seek pathways to improve literacy and other academic outcomes in STEM courses. An application of instructional technology called Content Acquisition Podcasts (CAPs) is offered as an example of how teachers can create multimedia-based materials that support student cognition while simultaneously helping to build literacy skills. (Contains 1 figure and 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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