Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Improving Differentiation in Business Education Meeting Learners' Individual Needs Success for All

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Improving Differentiation in Business Education Meeting Learners' Individual Needs Success for All

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Improving Differentiation in Business Education Meeting Learners' Individual Needs Success for All

Produced by the Department for Education and Skills Standards Unit and available free to all schools and colleges www.successforall.gov.uk

The materials in this set of resources are intended to support continuing professional development. There are two packs, one a guide for teachers, trainers and managers, the other a set of materials for learners demonstrating practical differentiation. The fact that 37 schools, colleges and training establishments are listed as having helped to pilot the materials is indicative of the sheer volume of the work produced. I first became aware of the packs when called to the school entrance to remove an obstruction; the obstruction was caused by a sizeable parcel, which turned out to contain both packs and required the exercise of considerable muscle power for transportation to the Economics and Business Department.

At first acquaintance, the packs can be somewhat overwhelming in their range and lay-out. For most busy teachers, the lesson plans and activities themselves will be of greatest interest. For completeness, the hard copy ring-binders are backed by DVD, video and CD Rom. It is apparent that a very considerable amount of work has gone into the production. For this review I will concentrate on the teaching materials. However, before doing so, the issue of differentiation itself merits a few words. The CPD pack both defines the term in detail and provides a rationale for using differentiation in teaching, before suggesting how techniques such as questioning might best be used. In my experience, differentiation is a difficult concept at the chalk face; when mentioned it tends to cause a degree of consternation at the sheer task of providing a variety of tasks, assessments, learning styles etc to meet every need. The definitions provided reinforce this feeling: 'the process of identifying with each learner, the most effective strategies for achieving agreed targets' or 'selecting appropriate teaching methods to match the individual student's learning strategies within a group situation' or 'provide an environment in which all learners have the opportunity to experience success'. The lesson (or session) plans aim to provide models of how to turn these definitions into practice.

There are ten teaching and learning sessions with plans, commentaries and covering a range of business topics, some of which are seen as 'difficult' or 'boring' to teach. Case studies describe how the materials were used and give responses from teachers and learners. …

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