the provision of learning activities that are appropriately matched to the pupil's age, abilities and learning needs, to ensure that they consolidate and build upon their prior attainment. All pupils are challenged to improve.
Differentiated education or services means that process of instruction which is capable of being integrated into the school program, and is adaptable to varying levels of individual learning response in the education of the gifted and talented, and includes but is not limited to: * A differentiated curriculum embodying a high level of cognitive and affective concepts and processes beyond those normally provided in the regular curriculum of the local educational agency. * Instructional strategies which accommodate the unique learning styles of the gifted and talented; and * Flexible administrative arrangements for instruction both in and out of school, such as special classes, seminars, resource rooms, independent study, student internships, mentorships, research field trips, library media research centers and other appropriate arrangements. (1976 U.S. Office of Education in Academically Gifted Programs)
differentiation typically refers to a developmental process when a skill becomes more sophisticated and broken into subsets. For example, a child may first learn the skill of walking, which can later become more sophisticated and break into skipping, running, jumping, and more. The child has not reached a new level of walking (if you will), but rather differentiated one skill into multiple subsets.