Students are introduced to specific learning disabilities (LD). They gain a historical perspective on learning disabilities and an overview of relevant theoretical frameworks and models of learning disabilities. Students are introduced to current legislation in British Columbia and its relationship to the school district, school, and classroom levels. Two key topics are (a) screening and in-class assessment, and (b) intervention strategies within the general education classroom.
Upon successfully completing the work in this course, you will be able to:
- Understand and critically examine the historical forces that have shaped our understanding of learning disabilities.
- Discuss the definitions of learning disabilities and the controversies surrounding them, including cross-cultural factors (e.g., First Nations children).
- Perform or review informal assessment data of children with specific learning disabilities.
- Design an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) based on collected data.
- Become knowledgeable of effective strategies for children with specific learning disabilities, including proactive classroom management and organization.
- Become aware of potential technology resources for children with specific learning disabilities.
EDIE 4151: Inclusive Education - Specific Learning Disabilities includes 5 topics that are further sectioned into 12 Modules with sub-topics:
- Topic 1: Historical perspective of specific learning disabilities
- Topic 2: Definitions of specific learning disabilities; past and present
- Topic 3: Current Ministry of Education recommendations for children with specific learning disabilities
- Topic 4: Screening, assessment, and identification of children with specific learning disabilities
- Topic 5: Effective intervention strategies for children with specific learning disabilities
Required text and materials
There is no textbook for this course.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.
|Assignment 1 (Part 1): KW part of KWL
|Assignment 1 (Part 2): L part of KWL
|Assignment 2: Intervention Program or Resource Review
|Assignment 3: Case Study
|Assignment 4: Individual Education Program (IEP)
|Discussion 1: Inclusion, Integration & Special Education - The Historical Context
|Discussion 2: Learning Disabilities - Cognitive and Language Characteristics
|Discussion 3: Learning Disabilities - Social and Behavioral Characteristics
|Discussion 4: Learning Disabilities - Assessment and Intervention
|Final Project: Choice of Five Formats *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.