Posted by Business Insider UK on Wednesday, August 30, 2018 11:38:20 Students need a lot of material in the first few months of learning to help them make sense of the material and make good use of it, says an Australian professor.
Professor Alan Smith, who is the vice president of the Australian School of Education, says that teaching materials have to be able to connect with the needs of learners, and also be accessible to students with special needs.
“If we have material that is a little bit abstract and abstract, and you can’t get to the point where you can get to that in the language of your child, you need to be prepared to put more and more material into the hands of students with disabilities,” Professor Smith said.
He said it’s not just a matter of having materials that connect to the child’s learning but also that they are accessible.
A few years ago, Professor Smith started an initiative called The World Beyond, which has helped provide material for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged children and families.
The materials he was able to supply were designed to make it easier for people with special education needs to understand and use.
It was a collaborative effort, he said, and it worked.
I think we’ve had a very strong response from parents and teachers and students.
We had a number of submissions to the project.
We have a very positive response, which we are looking forward to.
For example, the materials were designed for children who are reading disability and for people who have hearing disability.
But, Professor McInnes said, more needs to be done.
Students who have learning difficulties should have access to a range of materials that allow them to communicate in a more expressive way.
They should also be able do better work and better grades, he added.
This is particularly important for children with autism, who need to communicate more with their peers.
“In the classroom, you have to communicate very well, you’ve got to be responsive to questions and you have got to communicate quickly, which is difficult when you have a child who is autistic,” he said.
“You need to get them the support that they need to work hard, and that’s really the challenge.”
Professor Smith is working on a new project called “The World Beyond”, which is focused on the learning experiences of children with learning disabilities.
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