Redesigning the scaffolding metaphor to suit pupils with Acquired Brain Injury

S A Rees, David Skidmore

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This paper extends and develops the metaphor of scaffolding to take account of the specific needs of pupils with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), drawing on observational evidence gathered for an empirical enquiry into the learning of pupils with ABI in mainstream classroom conditions. This is an area in which there are few published studies to date. After considering the needs of this particular group of pupils, the development of the scaffolding metaphor is outlined. The use of scaffolding for a group of pupils with ABI is illustrated and the need for modifications discussed, before suggesting the acronym PEDER (Point out, Explain, Demonstrate, Encourage, Repeat) to focus on the particular needs of this group. However, in practice, this acronym has been found to assist a wider group than just pupils with an ABI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-392
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Special Needs Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


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