Students with learning difficulties form the largest group of students with additional needs in Australian mainstream classrooms. However the terminology surrounding these students differs broadly across the country. A consistent and shared understanding of the term learning difficulties is vital, as this impacts the identification and equitable provision of support for students experiencing difficulties with learning. The website of each Australian state/territory government education department was examined to determine to how students with learning difficulties are formally identified and supported. It was found that considerable differences, and even conflicting information, exist both within and across education systems. Implications and the significance of this situation are discussed.
Was this research funded?
No, research was not funded
& Porta, T.
Terminology and Provision for Students with Learning Difficulties: An Examination of Australian State Government Education Department Websites.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 47(7).