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ERIC Number: EJ982873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Using Inquiry-Based Instruction for Teaching Science to Students with Learning Disabilities
Aydeniz, Mehmet; Cihak, David F.; Graham, Shannon C.; Retinger, Larryn
International Journal of Special Education, v27 n2 p189-206 2012
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of inquiry-based science instruction for five elementary students with learning disabilities (LD). Students participated in a series of inquiry-based activities targeting conceptual and application-based understanding of simple electric circuits, conductors and insulators, parallel circuits, and electricity and magnetism. Students' conceptual understanding of these concepts was measured through a test designed by the investigators. The students' attitudes towards science were measured through scientific attitudes inventory (SAI-II). The results indicated that all students acquired the science content covered during the intervention and maintained their performance six weeks later. In addition, students improved their attitudes towards science. Our discussion focuses on the ways in which we can make science learning accessible to students with learning disabilities by making changes in curriculum, instruction and assessment. (Contains 4 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States