A provincial perspective on differentiated instruction: The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) (2010)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 3, Article 4, 2010

High-diversity classrooms have become one of the defining features of Alberta’s schools as the province welcomes increasing numbers of children from other countries, traditions, languages and cultures. As well, students show a great deal of variance in cognitive, affective, physical, and communicative development.

This paper outlines how Alberta responded to the challenge of learner diversity in the classroom by implementing Differentiated Instruction (DI) projects carried out as part of large-scale school improvement initiative, the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI). Typically, AISI initiatives are innovations around educational practices piloted in schools and school districts with the aim of improving student learning in observable and measureable ways.

The authors examined annual reports from 25 projects carried out between 2003 and 2006, and identified as having a positive impact on student learning. As well, they interviewed representatives from 18 schools and districts.

The results show that differentiation requires time, training, intentional planning, and long-term commitment on the part of educators, government, and wider school communities. The authors note that effective differentiation begins with, and is shaped by, ongoing assessment for learning activities; enhances student self-confidence and engagement; helps students become more self-directed; and enhances teachers’ ability to reach all learners.

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Lynn McQuarrie and Philip McRae. A provincial perspective on differentiated instruction: The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) 2010. Web. 24 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/provincial/provincial.pdf>
Lynn McQuarrie & Philip McRae (2010). A provincial perspective on differentiated instruction: The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI). Retrieved November 24, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/jarl/provincial/provincial.pdf
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