Differentiated instruction within senior secondary curriculum frameworks: A small-scale study of teacher views from an independent South Australian school

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Porta, Tom and Todd, Nicole. 2022. "Differentiated instruction within senior secondary curriculum frameworks: A small-scale study of teacher views from an independent South Australian school." Curriculum Journal. 33 (4), pp. 570-586. https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.157
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Differentiated instruction within senior secondary curriculum frameworks: A small-scale study of teacher views from an independent South Australian school

ERA Journal ID20581
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPorta, Tom (Author) and Todd, Nicole (Author)
Journal TitleCurriculum Journal
Journal Citation33 (4), pp. 570-586
Number of Pages17
Year2022
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0958-5176
1469-3704
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.157
Web Address (URL)https://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/curj.157
Abstract

There is a paucity of research around Differentiated Instruction (DI) in Australian senior secondary education even though this approach has been shown to have the potential to cater for diverse learning needs in inclusive classrooms in other school contexts. Investigating how DI is understood and implemented by teachers in a senior secondary context will allow for a deeper insight into, and possible improvement in, teachers' knowledge and use of the DI approach. This qualitative study focussed on how four teachers from one school viewed DI and how they employed and documented DI practices in their senior secondary classrooms when catering for the needs of diverse learners. The teachers noted positive outcomes such as happy students and a sense of fulfilment for the teacher, as well as enablers for implementing DI effectively, including teacher collaboration and reflection. Challenges to effectively implementing DI were mentioned, such as a lack of time and large class sizes.

Keywordsdifferentiated instruction, inclusion, professional development, senior secondary education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390407. Inclusive education
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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