This unit is split into three modules.

Module one sets the scene for an understanding of special education and begins with the basic concepts of intelligence and disability. This is followed by an examination of the historical, social and legislative forces that led to the way that students with disabilities are educated in Australian schools today. The jargon that is part of the special education scene is also addressed.

Module two examines educational approaches used within an inclusive approach such as curriculum adaptation, as well as differentiation and individualisation, within a transdisciplinary mode.

Module three considers the practical aspects of teaching students with disabilities and strategies to meet social emotional needs, physical needs, educational needs and behavioural needs are examined.

This unit examines the challenge of creating curriculum from the point of view of the socio-cultural, political, technological and economic contexts in which curriculum construction takes place, and by which it is inevitably influenced. It also explores issues of contemporary relevance and provides an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to aid in successful implementation of curriculum change.

This unit is the second of four units in special education. The first subject EDUC55500 Special Education: Strategies for Inclusion and Management is offered each year in an online format and provides an introduction to special education and its historical and legislative development. Practical approaches such as curriculum adaption, differentiation and individualisation within a transdisciplinary mode are examined, as are strategies to meet social emotional, physical, educational and behavioural needs.