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Directions for change in blending science instruction and special education

Personnel Preparation

ISBN: 978-1-59749-274-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-527-7

Publication date: 3 June 2008


The expertise in the fields of science and special education are being blended in today's classrooms as a result of all students being expected to meet state standards. Having high standards can be positive, yet for many science and special educators finding ways to blend the expertise of these two fields has not been clearly defined. This chapter provides an overview of the status of both fields, as well as providing specific ideas related to the changes that need to occur for a more blended approach to instruction. The chapter concludes with an example of a co-taught lesson using the 5E Learning Cycle as well as future directions for these two fields to work together to meet the needs of all students.


Dieker, L.A., Berg, C. and Jeanpierre, B. (2008), "Directions for change in blending science instruction and special education", Scruggs, T.E. and Mastropieri, M.A. (Ed.) Personnel Preparation (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 253-275.



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