Inquiry-based Science Education and Special Needs – Teachers’ Reflections on an Inclusive Setting

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Many countries in the world signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) in order to ensure inclusive education at all levels. Nevertheless, dealing with differences in the classroom is seen as one of the biggest challenges teachers – also science teachers – face at the moment. Additionally, there is a lack of research in science education how to foster students appropriately in regard to their diverse pre-conditions. Research studies often recommend carefully scaffolded inquiry-based teaching approaches. This article is divided in two parts. The first part attempts to sum up what is known about the inclusion of students with special needs in science classes teaching them inquiry-based. The second part introduces a case study which investigates an open inquiry-based learning environment in an inclusive middle school. The learning environment is videotaped and reflected with the teachers. Ideas for change are developed. Conclusions are drawn for the facilitated competence gain for students with and without special needs.
ZeitschriftSisyphus - Journal of Education
Seiten (von - bis)124-154
Anzahl der Seiten30
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 2014
Extern publiziertJa