Integrating Curriculum Into Mainstream / Regular Education

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Differentiated curriculum is establishing an inclusive environment, which accommodates the learning styles and characteristics of every student (Ashman & Elkins, 2009). Through the evaluation and analysing of theories and relevant data the concept: 'why differentiated curriculum entered into mainstream/regular education ', can be determined. The impact on education of political, cultural, ethical and social ideologies will be evident. A brief history of special education, the ensuing revolution of inclusive education, together with variance in language and terminology used over time, will support the introduction of curriculum differentiation into mainstream/regular education. "Today all teachers are expected to be responsive to the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms" (Arends & Kilcher, 2010, p. 105). Owing to the significant diversity in society, the twenty-first century classroom is composed of a vast array of student styles and needs; greater than previously experienced (Van Sciver, 2005). A differentiated classroom incorporates an assortment of learning opportunities to engage students of varying levels of readiness, pace, interests and profiles (Tomlinson, 2005, as cited in Todd, 2014). Differentiated curriculum focuses on student strengths and similarities; the teaching/learning framework (the content, resources, instruction, student output and assessment) is designed in a way that preserves students ' locus of control (Ashman & Elkins, 2009).…
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