Journal article

Teachers' Interactive Cognitions of Differentiated Instruction: An Exploration in Regular and Talent Development Lessons

Saskia Stollman, Jacobiene Meirink, Michiel Westenberg, Jan van Driel

Journal for the Education of the Gifted | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021


Differentiated instruction (DI) is an effective instructional strategy to maximize individual students’ abilities; in practice, however, its implementation appears to be problematic. To better understand teachers’ perspectives on DI and the effect different teaching contexts can have, we explored teachers’ interactive cognitions of DI in their regular lessons and in “talent lessons.” Four stimulated recall interviews were conducted with a sample of secondary school teachers (n = 4) in the Netherlands. We found that teachers’ interactive cognitions varied depending on the context. More specifically, it appeared that in the “talent lessons,” teachers focused more on small groups or on individu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article: This research was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.