Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Donna Adair Breault
Classrooms are becoming more and more diverse as students who were once pulled out for special programs are now included within regular instruction. As a result, teachers are working with students with a number of special needs, including learning and behavior disabilities, second-language learning, and giftedness. In addition to the students who were once pulled out for special programs, teachers also work with students with very different abilities, interests, learning styles, motivational levels, and cultural heritages. Given the heterogeneity of classrooms today, instructional intervention is critical to ensure the success of all students. Research has indicated that using interventions for students with special needs yields positive results regarding academic achievement. These results have been found not only with students with learning disabilities but also with gifted students and students who are English-language learners. However, research indicates that many teachers do not have adequate training regarding instructional interventions to help students ...