By Peter Westwood
The recent version of this crucial and winning booklet presents lecturers with a right away and finished resource of functional rules to be used in standard school rooms.
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Reading skills should be developed and practised using real books, real instruction cards, real recipes, real brochures and real comic books, as well as through graded readers, games and flashcards. As far as possible the ‘4 R Test’ should be applied when selecting curriculum 26 Intellectual disability and autism content—is the content you are going to teach real, relevant, realistic and rational? (Brennan 1985). In addition to reality-based learning, children with intellectual disability also need some high-quality direct teaching.
Over many decades, despite the popularity of student-centred, activity-based learning approaches, clear evidence supports the value of direct and explicit teaching, often delivered through the medium of interactive whole-class teaching (Galton et al. 1999; OFSTED 1993). Effective teaching not only raises the attainment level of all students but also reduces significantly the prevalence of learning failure. g. g. ). Many of the same features are identified by Sideridis and Greenwood (1998) who add the following ingredients to create the most effective approach for students with learning difficulties and developmental disabilities: • • • • • • Abundant guided practice; the teacher provides frequent feedback and correction during the lesson.
Students with intellectual disability can and will learn if provided with an appropriate instructional programme, adequate support and teaching methods oriented to their individual needs (Drew and Hardman 2000; Fisher and Frey 2001). Students with cognitive impairments require special and intensive instruction, and this instruction needs to begin early. When the target of instruction is specifically identified and is taught directly, and progress is evaluated systematically and consistently, students with mental retardation achieve well.