Learning Disabilities Research & Practice

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Reading Science Text: Challenges for Students with Learning Disabiliteis and Considerations for Teachers

Authors: Mason, L. H., & Hedin, L.


In science classes, teachers must consider the need for explicit, systematic reading instruction for students with LD while navigating the constructivist and activity-oriented methods typically employed in science instruction.  The complexity of scientific information conveyed through print may make reading science texts the greatest challenge that students with learning disabilities (LD) encounter in school.   Fortunately, researchers have established that by fostering students’ prior knowledge, providing text enhancements, and teaching reading comprehension strategies, students’ understanding of science text is improved.   Effective instructional approaches and strategies for reading are reviewed and implications for teaching students with LD noted.

Publishing information: Volume 26, number 3