Special Education Resources for Teachers
Year 7–9 Units for Students with Learning Difficulties
Ideas for Curriculum Differentiation
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Deslea Konza
Fogarty Learning Centre, Edith Cowan University

Leanne Woodley
Catholic Education Office, Wollongong

Christine Ormond
Edith Cowan University, Perth

Lee Pond
Centre for Inclusive Schooling, Dept. Education & Training, WA

$70.00 inc GST, each book
170-220 pages, 295x210mm (A4), Softcover


These are substantial volumes covering all key learning areas running to approx. 200 pages each of fully photocopiable material.

The Books
This special education book series is designed to support teachers in their teaching of junior secondary students with learning disabilities or low literacy skills in all common secondary learning areas. They contain units of work that have been adjusted to help students learn the most important subject matter usually covered in Years 7–9 across Australia.

All units have been designed to achieve outcomes drawn from the Statements of Learning that have been developed by State and Territory education authorities and which are relevant nationally. Each unit contains an overview of the total unit which acts as a pre-teaching organiser, a glossary of new terms, vocabulary learning activities, core information presented in a simplified format, and activities that are designed to help the students learn the most important subject matter. Learning activities are itemised at the beginning of each unit so both students and teacher can monitor individual progress throughout. Lists of useful websites for each Unit are also included. Both students and teacher have an opportunity to evaluate the unit, and the extent of assistance required.

These books will help teachers differentiate their teaching in order to meet the needs of all their students through a variety of structured but motivating learning activities that will encourage students to think deeply and engage with challenging material.

About the authors
Dr Deslea Konza is Associate Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of the Fogarty Learning Centre at Edith Cowan University. She has taught students with a wide range of special educational needs. For the past 20 years, she has collaborated with teachers, adjusting text materials, assessment tasks and other aspects of the curriculum to make them more accessible for students with learning difficulties.

Leanne Woodley has taught students with special needs and learning difficulties in Catholic schools in Sydney and Wollongong for almost twenty years. She has a Masters of Education with a focus on adolescents with special needs and the pedagogy of middle schooling. Leanne works collaboratively with many schools to assist teachers in diversifying learning experiences and programs to cater for students with learning difficulties in mainstream classes.

Lee Pond has recently received a Masters of Education degree in Learning Difficulties from Edith Cowan University. She has extensive experience working with students who have special learning needs. She has worked in a variety of educational settings: Education Support Schools and Units, remedial Specialist Schools, Primary and Secondary Schools. Lee is a member of several professional associations. She is currently dividing her work commitments across the Department of Education and Training WA as a Support Teacher, Learning Difficulties and at Edith Cowan University as Research Assistant and guest Lecturer.

Dr Christine Ormond taught both secondary and tertiary mathematics for 20 years, during which time she also wrote a series of bridging mathematics courses for adult learners. In her role as a mathematics education lecturer at Edith Cowan University, she has since been focusing on the training of secondary mathematics teachers.