This topic reviews the field of learning difficulties through an Australian and international context. It compares and contrasts the general characteristics of students who present with learning difficulties and those who present with learning disabilities in classrooms. It debates the appropriateness of professionally observed school-wide practices against published research studies in order to make judgements about the effectiveness of available programs, strategies and supports for students who find academic learning difficult at school. Using scenario-based learning participants will consider innate and environmental influences on learning to evaluate then determine suitable ways to promote participation, academic progress and emotional wellbeing for these individuals.
This topic aims to introduce students to the general characteristics that define students with learning difficulties and those with learning disabilities.
It also aims to develop the following broad special education principles:
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