How Can Digital Learning Materials support Differentiation?

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Digital Learning Materials have again raised the question of how teaching can be differentiated so every child is challenged in an appropriate way without falling back to the individualization of learning in the 1970. Today diversity in ability, interest and background in learning groups has to be seen as a condition. On the other hand the question is raised because digitalization of learning materials seems to have an unfulfilled potential in that matter. In order to find connections between the use of digital learning materials and the differentiation of teaching there has been launched a two year national intervention study in Danish primary and lower secondary school. The study claims that it is not sufficient only to focus either on technical, didactical or organizational issues, but interventions have to be based on coherence between the three aspects. It is essential to identify an interventional meso-level between attempts on the level of the individual teacher and abstract school policy or school regulations. How can interventions be design with long term effects, with the possibility of scale up and without being dependent on the research group?
The presentation reports the results of a state of the art review, the key concept differentiation in the perspective of inclusion and the preliminary analysis of selected digital materials in the light of differentiation. Furthermore the paper discuss’ the methodological difficulties in designing suitable interventions on the background of the pilot phase.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Textbooks and Educational Media - Ostrava, Czech Republic
Duration: 18 Sep 201320 Sep 2013
Conference number: 12


ConferenceInternational Conference on Textbooks and Educational Media
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • research
  • learning resources
  • public school
  • digitalization
  • didactics

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