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Guidelines for working with slow learners in the subject of biology in elementary school

Tadeja Kosi (2020) Guidelines for working with slow learners in the subject of biology in elementary school. MSc thesis.

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    Slow learners face numerous obstacles in their education path. Due to their borderline and even below average intellectual abilities, they experience a lot of frustration in their education, since they are falling behind their peers in cognitive abilities Deficits in cognitive areas, attention deficits, lack of organizational skills, metacognition, poor linguistic expression, short-term and long-term memory, work habits and at the same time the history of learning failures have a negative influence on their learning self-image and learning motivation. They are frequently mocked by their peers and often drop out in secondary schools due to all the frustration. Because the Basic School Act no longer classifies them as children with special needs since 2007, they are no longer entitled to additional hours of professional help. The help they receive is organized with a five-step model of learning support. The teaching of natural science competences is nowadays very important, since the subject of biology covers all areas of life and society. Students thus learn about the processes that are occurring inside us, but at the same time, we must encourage critical thinking for them to develop a responsible attitude towards nature, also from the point of view of sustainable development. Since the processes that take place in nature and inside us are very complex, biology, despite its connection to life, is a very abstract science that can cause problems to many students with learning difficulties, especially to slow learners. The aim of the Master's thesis is to extract key information about the characteristics and needs of slow learners in the subject of biology and the strategies and adaptations of the learning environment, which are already used by the sample of biology teachers from north-eastern Slovenia in teaching slow learners. On the basis of the information obtained, I will develop a manual for biology teachers in order to improve teaching and learning of the studied group of students.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: inclusion, learning difficulties, slow learners, natural science competences, biology teaching
    Number of Pages: 98
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marija KavklerMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Jelka StrgarComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12811593
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6180
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 08:58
    Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 08:58
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6180

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