What is it about?

Differentiated instruction is important for helping students to meet their learning goals, however there is not much research into differentiation in senior schooling. We provide an introduction into how senior secondary school teachers view differentiation. We found that teachers want to differentiate for their students, however, there are personal challenges in using the framework.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that senior secondary teachers experience positives and challenges in using differentiation in senior school. These are different to the challenges of primary and middle school teachers, particularly as senior secondary teachers often have to deal with inflexibilities in senior curriculum frameworks.


Writing this article was a great pleasure and highlights my passion for differentiated instruction. I hope this article resonates with senior secondary teachers and reaffirms why differentiation is important. All classrooms are diverse and differentiated instruction is a way that can help students meet their learning goals. Furthermore, I hope that the organisations that create senior secondary frameworks can use this information to find ways to help teachers to utilise differentiated instruction more.

Tom Porta
University of Southern Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Differentiated instruction within senior secondary curriculum frameworks: A small‐scale study of teacher views from an independent South Australian school, The Curriculum Journal, March 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/curj.157.
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