Personalization of learning and instruction is the most critical issue facing contemporary education--not state testing or vouchers or even aging schools. Personalization is an attempt on the part of a school to take into account individual student characteristics and needs and flexible instructional practices in organizing the learning environment. This book presents the conceptual rationale for personalizing instruction, provides twenty working strategies to assist schools in redesigning themselves for personalization, and cites specific examples of personalization in the subject disciplines and in selected schools. This second edition expands the discussion on personalization, updates the sections on instructional strategies, assessment, and grade reporting, and cites new developments in the disciplines and in the schools.
Chapter 1 The School Learning EnvironmentChapter 2 Basic Elements of Personalized Instruction: CultureChapter 3 Basic Elements of Personalized Instruction: ContextChapter 4 Strategies and Tactics for Personalizing InstructionChapter 5 Authentic Assessment and Progress ReportingChapter 6 Personalizing the DisciplinesChapter 7 The Structure and Organization of Personalization