Mainstreamed students with learning difficulties: failing and underachieving in the secondary school

Watson, Julie, and Boman, Peter (2005) Mainstreamed students with learning difficulties: failing and underachieving in the secondary school. Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, 10 (2). pp. 43-49.

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Abstract

Despite the rhetoric that students with learning difficulties are adequately supported within schools, the evidence suggests that they continue to experience school failure with devastating consequences. Students with learning difficulties are disproportionately represented as juvenile delinquents, as the unemployed and in mental health statistics. However, the defining of this group remains confused and imprecise and has not been a national priority. This has repercussions for both secondary schools and for the students themselves. This paper highlights research related to teaching practices, policies and school structure and their effects on the academic outcomes and emotional well being of students with learning difficulties. Finally, it makes a number of recommendations to change the status quo for these students.

Item ID: 13974
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: learning difficulties; learning disabilities; secondary schools; special needs
ISSN: 1940-4166
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 01:19
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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