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Process Based Learning

Process-based learning is a holistic approach, learning is taken as a whole rather than teaching to specific targeted objectives. For the teacher the process of the learning becomes the objective, however, the learner decides where the process will go, the pace and direction of the learning and therefore the pace and the direction of the teaching. The teacher may prompt and try different strategies to elicit progress but will ultimately be guided to the learning outcome by the student (Imray and Hinchcliffe; 2014).
 


At Southport Special School students identified as working within the General Capabilities Literacy 1a and 1b are engaged in process based learning classes. They use the national curriculum subjects and contexts to provided topics or themes for the classroom whilst activities are designed to develop the early cognitive and communication skills this cohort of students require.
 
For many students early communication skills are developed through Intensive
Interaction.
Intensive Interaction is an approach to teaching the pre-speech fundamentals of communication to children and adults who have severe learning difficulties and/or autism and who are still at an early stage of communication development. It is an approach generally used with students accessing the curriculum through the early General Capabilities.