Carol Ann Tomlinson, the founder of the Differentiation teaching philosophy
Differentiation is a philosophy that involves a complex set of practices. It is an educational model that integrates many of the best teaching practices and principals that have surfaced through the cognitive psychology research from the last 30 years. This philosophy of teaching and learning includes: -
- a clear emphasis on learning goals - varied skillful instructional practices and classroom routines - a positive and supportive learning environment encouraging individual learning goals and community involvement - differentiated material used in context, process and product
Differentiation claims to "respond to the needs of all learners" by meeting the needs of individual learners based on their levels of readiness, interest, and ability.