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A two-day seminar titled “Pathway to Success in Learning and Teaching for Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)” was held on 11th and 12th February 2014 at the Youth College (KF). Professor Li-Yu Hung and Professor Hsin-Tai Lin from the Department of Special Education at National Taiwan Normal University were invited to share their experience and expertise in handling SEN students.
On the first day of the seminar, Professor Hung pointed out that in our daily teaching, teachers may come across with students who have learning disabilities as they are not making satisfactory progress regardless of teachers’ continual efforts. She explained that SEN students would encounter various types of problems during the learning process such as having difficulties in understanding, thinking, organising, having language problems (e.g. listening, speaking, reading and writing), having emotional and behavioural problems or lacking social skills. She believed that if teachers understand the difficulties faced by SEN students, they could design suitable teaching and learning materials to fit students’ needs.
Professor Hung also discussed the issues of “identity crisis” and the concept of “stages of psychological development” (Erikson, 1950, 1958 & 1963). Adolescents undergo radical changes both physically and mentally. They begin to have the mental ability to explore their own as well as others’ intentions (Erikson, 1950; Gross, 1987). During adolescence, students may have identity confusion, lack of motivation and confidence in learning and goal setting in their school lives. To help them overcome these learning barriers, Professor Hung suggested some tips as below:
On the second day of the seminar, the issues on ‘Career counselling for students with SEN’ were discussed. To better prepare the frontline teachers and student counsellors to give support to SEN students for their transitions from study to work, Professor Lin introduced and explained different career theories, counseling techniques and interpretation of assessments. He also mentioned that there are some factors which should be considered carefully during the process of career counselling, including students’ interests, aptitude, abilities, values, beliefs, personalities and personal backgrounds. To help students understand themselves more and make sensible career, educational and life decisions, Professor Lin introduced six perspectives of career theories as below:
To better support our SEN students to work out their own life planning, Professor Lin proposed that “Person-Centered Planning” (PCP) could increase students’ personal self-determination for planning their future goals. “PCP discovers and acts on what is important to a person. It is a process for continual listening and learning, focusing on what are important to someone now and in the future, and acting on this in alliance with their family and their friends” (Thompson, Kilbane & Sanderson, 2008).
All in all, participants gained a better support and guidance to students with diverse learning needs through this fruitful and inspiring seminar.
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洪教授還引用了艾瑞克深 (Erikson) 的社會心理發展階段的概念，來解說青少年在青春期所發生的「認同危機」(Erikson, 1950, 1958 , 1963)。青少年在成長過程中，身心將經歷重大改變，他們開始懂得分析自己和他人的行為動機 (Erikson, 1950: Gross 1987)。在過渡青春期時，青少年會對自己的身份產生混亂，因而導致他們在學習過程中缺乏動機、信心和目標。為了協助他們克服學習上的障礙，洪教授提出以下建議:
為了協助有特殊教育需要學生規劃自己的人生，林教授提議可透過「個人中心計劃」(PCP) 讓他們自主地制定未來的目標。「PCP旨在找出影響一個人的重要因素。通過一連串的聆聽和學習，當時人的家人及朋友展開支持的行動，並重點找出對當時人的現在和未來最重要的東西，共同規劃其個人的未來。」 ( Thompson, Kilbane & Sanderson, 2008)
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