Sounds and Sense-Abilities: Science for All

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Activities-oriented instruction offers multi modal opportunities for learning science. How do college students in elementary preservice teacher preparation programs describe science lab activities in terms of visual, kinesthetic, auditory and motor characteristics? Research with elementary science methods students shows that the Levels of Accessibility Matrix is useful for facilitating activity planning for students with special needs. Klemm, Plourde, and Laszlo (2002) developed the Levels of Accessibility Matrix (LAM) system, a way to evaluate the sensory and motor/manipulative accessibility of hands-on science activities for preservice teachers. Using the LAM system, data were gathered from 50 preservice elementary teachers in two different states and then analyzed to determine the types of sensory and motor abilities needed by learners to fully engage in the learning experiences associated with specific hands-on inquiry laboratory activities.


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