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ERIC Number: EJ1155755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2325-565X
Differential Facilitation of Learning Outcomes: What Does It Tell Us about Learning Disabilities and Instructional Programming?
Scruggs, Thomas E.
International Journal for Research in Learning Disabilities, v1 n1 p4-20 2012
Differential facilitation refers to interventions that influence sample subgroups in different ways. This article discusses the concept of differential facilitation in special education and how it has influenced our characterizations of learning disabilities, from the historical search for disordinal aptitude treatment interactions to the present day. I will review a number of recent investigations undertaken by myself and colleagues involving students with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms, and re-examine the evidence for differential facilitation of academic outcomes. I will argue that specific psycho-educational treatments, at least in some cases, differentially promote learning for students with learning disabilities. Further, the results of these treatments offer information on the characteristics of learning disabilities, and provide opportunities as well as challenges for inclusive education. [This article is based on the William M. Cruickshank Memorial Lecture presented in Padua, Itayl, at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, June 2012.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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