A World of Difference: Tackling Inclusion in Schools (Emotional Intelligence Collection S.)

A World of Difference: Tackling Inclusion in Schools (Emotional Intelligence Collection S.)

By: Rosemary Sage (author), Gina Walker (author), Barking Dog Art (illustrator), Annabel Spenceley (illustrator)Paperback

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We are all different. Every child in every class in every school in the land is different. And yet we have a 'one size fits all' curriculum that everyone must follow. How can we best deal with this apparent anomaly, in order to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students? Teachers are now discouraged from grouping children according to abilities - inclusion is the buzzword. So radical solutions are needed to help all children learn within a group, whatever their personal and academic needs, and whatever their social background. This book analyses the issues surrounding the world of difference we see in schools today. It unpacks the elements of diversity - personality, intelligence, styles of learning and communicating, social class, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, learning difficulties, disabilities, views and values - and suggests practical strategies to make teachers' lives easier and their students' study less stressful. All children need personal skills, particularly communication and co-operation skills, in order to cope with learning within their own context and at their own level. This book considers how such key skills emerge from the interaction of physical, mental, emotional and social development, and suggests initiatives such as 'The Critical Skills Programme' and the 'Communication Opportunity Group Scheme' to give students from every background more chances to talk, think, express feelings and share views. A comprehensive overview of common learning difficulties and medical conditions in children is also provided - including characteristics of each condition, classroom organization tips, and contact details of relevant support groups - with the aim of helping educators further develop their management of individuals and diverse groups. If you have an interest in making education work - whether you are a teacher, teaching assistant, school counsellor, social worker, therapist, psychologist or other educator - 'A World of Difference' is for you.

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About Author

Dr Rosemary Sage has a practical and academic background in medicine, psychology and education, and is well placed to understand the particular issues surrounding children with different backgrounds, interests and abilities. She is a senior lecturer and Assistant Director of the Centre for Innovation in Raising Educational Achievement (CIREA). Her work has national and international recognition and has won major awards.


Acknowledgements Contents Introduction Chapter One: What is difference? Chapter Two: What are personality and intelligence differences? Chapter Three: What are social class, gender and race differences? Chapter Four: What are disabilities and learning difficulties? Chapter Five: What key skills support learning? Chapter Six: What approaches support inclusion? Appendix 1: Approaches to develop communication and learning Appendix 2: Information processing quiz Appendix 3: Solution to Miller's puzzle Appendix 4: Common learning difficulties and medical conditions in children Appendix 5: Organizing learning: a brief history References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/03/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781855391307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781855391307
  • weight: 519
  • ISBN10: 1855391309

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