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ERIC Number: EJ1228661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Gumpert, Mindy; McConell, William
Science and Children, v57 n2 p62-70 Sep 2019
Students with disabilities spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom (U.S. Department of Education 2017). However, these students consistently underperform in science. This highlights the importance of using effective differentiated instruction. According to Mastropieri and colleagues (2006), differentiated instruction should include approaches and strategies to address diversity in student needs, interests, experiences, and abilities. The authors' inquiry-based lesson highlights cross-curricular differentiation strategies we found to be successful in our inclusion classroom. The third-grade class the article highlights included seven students with disabilities, four English learners, and five students without disabilities. The authors structured cooperative groups based on ability to complete a task and to negotiate differences and ended up with four fairly heterogeneous groups of four students each. The structure of their lesson originated from the engineering design process described by the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2016).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A