With the increasing diversity and complexity of schools, it continuously demands innovative, responsibility and flexible approaches to teaching and learning. Society places a significant value on the attainment of literacy and the main goal of early education is to establish and acquire reading and writing skills. For students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD), literacy is a right and it continues to receive much concern and attention from professionals and educational policy makers. Over the past two decades, Hong Kong has been increasing research in understanding of SpLD and moving toward the development of services for students with SpLD. These students have specific educational needs which must be addressed to ensure that educational outcomes are achieved and special learning needs are taken into consideration in educational planning and curriculum design. However, educational assessments, learning support and resources to identify and support such children are still being developed in individual schools and research into this problem is limited. This paper will be discussed the characteristics of SpLD and its manifestations will be discussed. The special learning needs of these students will be discussed including assessments, modifications to pedagogy and use of IT equipments will be outlined and details of the expanded curriculum and how it can be taught in classroom will be addressed.
|Published - 2008