In light of the challenges facing science educators and special education teachers in Singapore, this study entails design-based research to develop participatory learning environments.
Material and methods:
Drawing upon Vygotskian perspectives, this case study was situated in an informal workshop around the theme of “day and night” working for Special Needs Children (aged from 7 to 14 years old) in Singapore. Moving away from traditional astronomy teaching, we aim to explore interdisciplinary multimodal modeling activities towards developing a participatory learning environment.
As the main finings of this case study, the central benefits of interdisciplinary multimodal modeling activities are twofold: (1) promoting multiliteracies development using digital and multimodal resources for supporting the emotional and social experiences in developing learners’ astronomical understanding; and (2) integrating learners’ everyday experiences with scientific astronomical understanding for the development of higher cognitive functions.
These findings emphasize the need for the cultural development of Special Needs Children.