Collaborative Learning for Diverse Learners

Authored by: Adrian F. Ashman , Robyn M. Gillies

The International Handbook of Collaborative Learning

Print publication date:  February  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415805735
eBook ISBN: 9780203837290
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869556


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For over 40 years educators have advocated the inclusion of students with diverse learning needs in mainstream classes. The arguments in support of inclusion have various bases, from philosophical and social justice imperatives to claims about the academic and social benefits of including students with modest to very high special learning needs. While legislation, education policy, and rhetoric in support of inclusive education has become a global phenomenon, the claims of successful inclusion and positive outcomes for all those involved have fallen considerably short of the ideal (e.g., Curcic, 2009; Drudy & Kinsella, 2009; Melekoglu, Cakiroglu, & Malmgren, 2009).

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