Reducing Language Barriers in Science for Students with Special Educational Needs

Susannah Boyle, Karen L. Rizzo, Jonte C. Taylor

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Abstract

An increased focus on science instruction and science learning for students with special education needs has been growing over the past decade. Research studies, particularly meta-analyses focused on science for students with disabilities, show investigators are interested in what science strategies and approaches (e.g., graphic organizers, inquiry-based instruction,) work for students regardless of identified need (e.g., learning disabilities). However, researchers have noted that science instruction can often rely heavily on text and have burdensome reading demands that may cause students with disabilities to struggle. Research suggests that incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multimodal representation, the arts, and communicative technologies can reduce the language load for learning science content and phenomena for students with special education needs. The purpose of this paper is to provide resources and suggestions for reducing the language barriers in science for students with special education needs through the use of multimodal representation and communication technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-387
Number of pages24
JournalAsia-Pacific Science Education
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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