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Department: Master of Education
Module Description: The UAE is taking a leading role in the Gulf to develop the educational services offered to pupils with special needs in general and LD in particular in the regular classroom. This module provides an overview of the education of pupils with learning difficulties (moderate, severe, profound and multiple). It looks at curriculum and development, interdisciplinary work, differentiation of lessons, classroom management strategies and writing individual education plans. The module provides students with knowledge about challenges facing decision makers to decide on important matters like provision of placement in the regular school, and production and evaluation of individualized educational programs in regular class settings in a country where academic excellence is very important. This module on Learning Difficulties (LD) is essential for students who wish to study the education of pupils with special needs as part of their MEd.
Key indicative readings
- Bender, W. (2008). Learning disabilities: characteristics, identification, and teaching strategies. 6th edn. Boston: Pearson Education.
- Fletcher, J. M., Lyon, G. R., Fuchs, L. S. & Barnes, M. A. (2018). Learning disabilities: from identification to intervention. 2nd edn. New York: The Guilford Press.
- Kirby, A. (2003). Specific learning difficulties. Oxford: Health Press.
- Pennington, B. (2009). Diagnosing learning disorders: a neuropsychological framework. 2nd edn. New York: The Guilford Press.
- Porter, J. & Lacey, P. (2005). Researching learning difficulties: a guide for teachers and professionals. London: Paul Chapman.
- Reid, R. & Lienemann, T. (2013). Strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities: what works for special-needs learners. 2nd edn. New York: The Guilford Press.
- Westwood, P. (2016). Reading and learning difficulties: approaches to teaching and assessment. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
- Babbage, R., Byers, R. & Redding, H. (1999). Approaches to teaching and learning: including pupils with learning difficulties. London: David Fulton.
- Carpenter, B., Bovair, K. & Ashdown, R. (1996). Enabling access: effective teaching and learning for pupils with learning difficulties. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
- Castle, F., Tod, J. & Blamires, M. (1998). Implementing effective practice. London: David Fulton.
- Collis, M. & Lacey, P. (1996). Interactive approaches to teaching. London: David Fulton.
- Corbett, J. (1996). Bad mouthing: the language of special needs. Bristol: Falmer Press.
- Cornwall, J. & Robertson, C. (1999). IEPs: physical disabilities and medical conditions. London: David Fulton.
- Dale, N. (1996). Working with families of children with special needs: partnership and practice. London: Brunner-Routledge.
- Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) (1997). The SENCO guide: good practice for SENCOs, Individual Education Plan (IEPs): developing SEN policies in schools. London: The Stationary Office, DfEE.
- Gaad, E. (2001). Educating children with Down syndrome in the United Arab Emirates. British Journal of Special Education, vol. 28 (4), pp. 195-203.
- Gipps, C. (2012). Beyond testing: towards a theory of educational assessment. London: Routledge.
- Harris, J., Cook, C. & Upton, G. (1996). Pupils with severe learning difficulties who present challenging behaviour. Kidderminster: BILD Publication.
- Hewett, D. (1998a). Challenging behaviour: principles and practice. London: David Fulton.
- Hewett, D. & Nind, M. (eds). (1998b). Interaction in action: reflections on the use of intensive interaction. London: David Fulton.
- Lacey, P. & Ouvry, C. (eds). (1998). People with profound and multiple disabilities. London: David Fulton.
- Lawson, H. (1998). Practical record keeping. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
- Oliver, S. & Austen, L. (2007). Special education needs and the law. 2nd edn. London: Jordans.
- McBrien, J., Farrell, P. & Foxen, T. (1992). EDY Trainee Workbook. 2nd edn. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Rodger, R. (2016). Planning an appropriate curriculum in the early years : a guide for early years practitioners and leaders, students and parents. 4th edn. London: David Fulton.
- Tilstone, C., Lacey, P., Porter, J. & Robertson, C. (2000). Pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools. London: David Fulton.
- Ware, J. (2016). Creating a responsive environment for people with profound & multiple learning difficulties. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton.
- Winebrenner, S. & Espeland, P. (2006). Teaching kids with learning difficulties in the regular classroom: ways to challenge & motivate struggling students to achieve proficiency with required standards. Minneapolis: Free Spirit.