Teaching tool can help educators plan inclusive science instruction
The 2013 introduction of new next-generation, multidimensional science standards by the National Research Council increased expectations in science achievement for all students, including students with extensive support needs (ESN).
In her article, Using the UDL Framework in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching to Support Students with Extensive Support Needs in Inclusive Classrooms, ATLAS Research Associate Lindsay Ruhter illustrates how general and special education teachers can use the 5E Model to plan science lessons and teach next-generation science in an inclusive setting, using UDL principles to remove barriers to learning.
Ruhter introduces the Science Inquiry Lesson Supports Plan, a tool for teachers to organize inquiry-based science teaching within the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework for students with ESN in inclusive settings.
“If students with ESN are being taught science within similar multidimensional science expectations as their peers, then students should be taught science using the same research-based strategies for effective science teaching, including inquiry-based teaching,” Ruhter said.
Read the full article to learn more about how The Science Inquiry Lesson Supports Plan can help general and special educators plan inclusive science instruction for all students.