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Watch this video clip of a group of students. You may have to watch it more than
How did the different students show their engagement?
What examples of the continuum of engagement did you spot?
The extent of the engagement with learning is a very important factor for all children's
educational success. Children with CLDD also learn through engagement. Read the following quotations,
and note the three major key messages arising from the quotations.
students with disabilities, research has suggested that engaged behaviour is the single
best predictor of successful learning. Iovannone et al, 2003
engagement, there is no deep learning, effective teaching, meaningful outcome, real
attainment or quality progress Carpenter, 2010
is...a multidimensional construct influenced by many variables that interact in complex
ways to influence intervention outcomes for children Keen, 2009
The most important understanding you should take from this package is that engagement:
Is the single best predictor of successful learning;
Promotes deep, quality learning and effective teaching;
Is a multidimensional construct.
Keen, D (2009) Engagement of children with autism in learning, Australasian
Journal of Special Education, 33 (2), 130-140.
Carpenter, B (2010) Curriculum reconciliation and children with complex learning
difficulties and disabilities London: SSAT.
Iovannone, R, Dunlap, G, Huber, H. and Kincaid, D. (2003) Effective educational
practices for students with autism spectrum disorders, Focus on Autism and Other
Developmental Disabilities, 2003, 18; 150-165.
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