Support for Learning Differences in Higher Education

The Essential Practitioners' Manual

Paperback / softback, 264 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
1 Sep 2007
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £21.99

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Specialist teacher assessors work in all sectors of education. As key personnel in higher education institutions, they are responsible for conducting essential diagnostic psychometric assessments for students. The government has identified procedures for assessing and identifying students in higher education with specific learning difficulties and this book shows how to implement them.The book is a practitioners' guide for specialist teachers working with SpLD students in higher education institutions and is the key text for the practitioners' certificate introduced in 2006. It provides practical guidance to aid specialist tutors who are assessing and supporting students in all academic fields; formats for assessments to help tutors comply with the new regulations; and, guidance on reasonable adjustments for students which do not compromise academic standards.This manual is essential for SpLD managers, for professionals who wish to update their skills so they can support HE students, and for all teachers involved in advanced training.

  • Geraldine Price

  • Janet Skinner

CONTENTS: Introduction; 1. Definitions and research; 2. Demands upon learning in the HE context; 3. Training and the Specialist Dyslexia Teacher; 4. The identification process; 5. Elements of assessment; 6. The assessment process; 7. Writing the report; 8. Reasonable adjustments: Recommendations for support; 9. Supporting students on their courses; 10. Supporting students' written work; 11. Supporting subject-specific work; 12. Supporting students on placement and fieldwork; 13. Setting up a support service; References; Index.

"This comprehensive and thoughtful text combines theory with a critical consideration of practical strategies to make an authoritative and informative source of information that will be useful to a range of learning support professionals in higher education both within and outside the UK."

, International Journal of Lifelong Education

"The book is thorough and readable, and covers all the expected ground - from definitions of terms through the assessment of learners and diagnosis of specific learning difficulties to the provision of support to dyslexic students in a variety of contexts."

, British Journal of Educational Technology