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The aim of this study was to prepare “A Science Experiments Guidebook (including discussion method and enriched worksheet) for Secondary School Mainstreamed Students with Learning Disabilities” within the scope of “earth and universe” learning field. Related literature points to a lack of a science experiments guidebook for secondary school students with mainstreamed learning disabilities although these students take a nation-wide exam (The exam from Elementary Education to Secondary Education Transition). Hence, this issue calls for the current study. For this reason, the authors prepared the aforemenditoned guidebook given Turkish science curricula. This guide book consisted of a six experiments for the ‘Earth and Universe’ learning field. All science experiments were appeared after in the guide book determined according to interviews conducted with science teachers (f=15) and special education teachers (f=15). The enriched worksheet format was employed to design relevant science experiments. Further, to make sense of the guidebook, avatars reflectingstudents’ physical properties were designed and used. Also, the authors professionally carried out and video-receorded all sxperiments. Then, these videos were placed to the student guidebook with their own avatars. Thus, students will have an opportunity to watch the experiments at any time. The enriched worksheets comprised of "stimulating student interest - active engagement and evaluation" sections. "Buzz 22 and brainstorming" techniques were deployed to create a discussion environment by stimulating student interest, "aquarium and/or snowball" techniques were used in the evaluation section. Overall, “A Science Experiments Guidebook for Secondary School Students with Mainstreamed Learning Disabilities” will fill in a significant gap in related literature and lessen burdens of special education teachers and science teachers.
*Acknowledgements: This study is supported by the TUBITAK (Project no: 116R013). The authors would like to thank the entire project team and TUBITAK.
Science experiments guidebook, mainstreaming students, learning disabilities, enriched worksheet, earth and universe.