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  • Learner support in a diverse classroom - A guide for Foundation, Intermediate and Senior Phase teachers 3/e
  • Nel M, Nel N, Malindi M
  • ISBN: 9780627039324
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627039331
  • 464 Pages | Published: 2021

In building an equitable and quality education system, South Africa has embraced an inclusive education approach in which the diverse needs of all learners must be accommodated. This move, as well as the additional pressures that a fast-changing world places on education, requires teachers constantly to adapt their instruction, the curriculum and the classroom environment (physical and virtual) to increase learner involvement and to minimise the exclusion of those learners who experience barriers to learning.


Learner support in a diverse classroom provides a good balance between the theoretical knowledge needed to understand what takes place when a child learns, and the hands-on provision of assessment and support for the learner.


Learner support in a diverse classroom offers creative solutions and solid foundations to any teacher wishing to bring out the best from his or her learners. It can serve as a manual on the practical ways to provide quality education, especially to those learners who experience special challenges in an inclusive environment.


Contents include the following:

·         Principles and theory underpinning inclusive education

·         Practical challenges of inclusive education

·         Extrinsic and intrinsic barriers to learning

·         Learning and learning difficulties

·         Inclusive assessment and learning support processes and practices (including the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support [SIAS] policy)

·         Language constructs and limited language proficiency

·         Differentiated teaching and learning

·         Perceptual development

·         School readiness for formal learning

·         Practical strategies for language and mathematics support

·         Using information and communication technology (ICT) to support learners

·         Supporting learners who experience academic anxiety


Learner support in a diverse classroom is aimed at all teachers and student teachers, and will also be of great use to parents.

Part 1 Theory

Chapter 1 Inclusive education: an introduction

Chapter 2 Learning in an inclusive education environment

Chapter 3 Assessment and learner support

Chapter 4 Understanding language in learning

Chapter 5 Learner support through differentiated teaching and learning

Chapter 6 Perceptual skills

Chapter 7 School readiness

Chapter 8 Enhancing resilience among learners experiencing academic anxiety

Chapter 9 Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support learners with reading difficulties in the Foundation Phase


Part 2 Practice

Chapter 10 Language and literacy assessment and support

Chapter 11 Supporting learners in acquiring the skill of mathematisation




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