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Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment for Learners With Special Needs, Ka8

by Kevin D Finson, Christine K Ormsbee and Mary M Jensen Corwin Press
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This book provides classroom-tested guidelines and suggestions that can be made to science activities and assessments so that they can be differentiated for students with special needs. Included in the book are examples of original science activities and assessments and their revised versions as per the guidelines suggested in the book. Each of the national-level science education standards documents (The National Science Education Standards from the National Research Council, the Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy: Project 2061 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Science Teachers Association Pathways and Scope, Sequence and Coordination) emphasize that science instruction must be adequately and appropriately provided to all students. Similarly, federal and state legislation (NCLB) has mandated that students in special education be provided with appropriate science instruction and that necessary accommodations be made to further this objective. The classroom teacher is often left to his/her own devices with respect to determining how this can be accomplished. This book is a tool these teachers can use for guidance in this endeavor.

Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. Collaborating to Teach Students With Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom 2. Addressing Specific Learning Difficulties 3. Suggestions for Revising Science Activities and Assessments 4. Revising Science Activities 5. Revising Science Assessments 6. Developing and Using Rubrics to Evaluate Student Performance Resource A: Science Literacy, Standards, and State Goals Index

The classroom teacher often feels overwhelmed with responsibility to address the learning needs of all students. Finson, Ormsbee, and Jensen offer excellent ideas of instructional variations and assessment alternatives for students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. The book contains a variety of Vignettes, suggestions for revising written and printed materials for the spectrum of common learning disabilities, and suggested modifications in science lessons with sidebars that describe strategies and accommodations for students who face learning challenges in the regular classroom. It provides practical guidance for teachers on ways to make science lessons accessible to all students. Greg P. Stefanich, Professor
Dr. Finson is a professor of science education at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, where he teaches elementary and secondary science education courses. His teaching has included middle school and high school life, physical, and earth sciences, college-level earth science content courses, a foundations course in strategies and techniques, and graduate courses in instructional theory and program evaluation. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the international Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), and chaired its Professional Development Committee and Inclusive Science Education Forum. He has also contributed to the standards for the Early Adolescent Science Committee of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Finson has also edited the international Journal of Elementary Science Education, served on editorial boards of several national science education journals, and has served on the publications committees of two national professional organizations. Dr. Finson has maintained a consistent record of publication in national refereed and practitioner journals. Dr. Finson has two primary areas of research interest. The first focuses on making science more accessible to students who have special learning needs. In particular, he explores how teachers can make adjustments and modifications to written materials, procedures, and simple equipment so students who have specific learning disabilities can successfully engage in doing science. The area focuses on students perceptions of scientists, which has included development of a framework to guide science educators in dealing with students conceptions of scientists. Dr. Christine K. Ormsbee joined the OSU College of Education June 2006 as Professor and Head of the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership. Dr. Ormsbee holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas, a Masters degree in special education from Emporia State University and a Bachelors degree in psychology and special education from Emporia State University. As a faculty member in special education, she teaches an undergraduate introductory special education course and graduate special education methods and research courses. With over two decades in the profession she has established a consistent record of scholarly publications and presentations, which address her interests in providing strategies and supports for teachers who work with children with learning and/or behavioral concerns. Specifically, her research has focused on collaborative processes including peer coaching, co-teaching, and preassessment. Dr. Ormsbee is very active in teacher education. She is serving on her second term as a commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, is a member of the Oklahoma P-20 Education Council and serves on the advisory board for the State Board of Educations State Improvement Grant. Ormsbee served as an Associate Editor of the journal Intervention in School and Clinic until 2009 and now serves as a field reviewer for this journal and other special education-related journals. Dr. Mary Jensen has been a professor of Special Education at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, IL since 1990. She teaches college students to be outstanding special education teachers for students with mild to moderate disabilities. The special education courses she teaches are related to behavior management methods and characteristics and teaching methods for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Dr. Jensen s past experience includes teaching special education students in the elementary grades in public school and high school students in residential treatment. Dr. Jensen has been honored to receive the Outstanding Teacher award at WIU in 1993 and 2006. In 2008, she won the Teaching with Technology Award and the WIU Provost s Award for Teaching with Technology. In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Jensen was a recipient of the WIU Honoring our Professors of Excellence (HOPE) Award Dr. Jensen makes presentations for professional development at schools, conferences, and for other organizations on a variety of special education topics for teachers and parents. Topics include proactive and positive behavior management methods, differentiated instruction methods, ADHD, social skills, and bully behavior. The programs focus on practical yeaching and management skills and content that will help students with mild to moderate disabilities increase academic achievement and improve social skills and behavior.