What is it about?

Language is an important par of science teaching and learning. Vocabulary, terminology, and phrasing can make science difficult for some students especially those with special education needs.. This paper describes strategies and considerations for making science accessible for all students.

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Why is it important?

This is paper provides guidance on what and how to use strategies that keep students with special education needs engaged in science teaching and increase opportunities for science learning.


Writing this article was a great opportunity as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article also lead to better understanding of what the needs are for increasing science participation for all students. We hope that this can guide those to who want to support students with science literacy without letting conventional language get in the way.

Jonte Taylor
Pennsylvania State University

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This page is a summary of: Reducing Language Barriers in Science for Students with Special Educational Needs, Asia-Pacific Science Education, December 2020, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/23641177-bja10006.
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