The Implementation of the Differentiated Instruction in Higher Education: A Research Review

Maria Darra, Eurydice-Maria Kanellopoulou


Meeting the diverse and various needs of learners, who come from different cultural and social environments, imposes changes in a modern education system through the implementation of new teaching approaches and practices, such as differentiated instruction. This literature review examines 16 studies regarding differentiated instruction in higher education which have taken place during the last decade. The results of the research revealed that differentiated instruction contributes to mobilizing preservice teachers, improving their performance and developing positive attitudes and beliefs of trainees and educators in higher education. There is also a need for further research regarding the effectiveness of the implementation of differentiated instruction in higher education, especially in Greece, where no relevant research has been conducted, compared to the international field.

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