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ERIC Number: ED515447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 180
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: 978-1-891792-30-4
A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning
Rose, David H., Ed.; Meyer, Anne, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) stands at the forefront of contemporary efforts to create universal access to educational curricula for all students, including those with disabilities. The "universal" in UDL does not mean there is a single optimal solution for everyone. Instead, it underscores the need for flexible approaches to teaching and learning that meet the needs of different kinds of learners. In this first UDL Reader, Anne Meyer and David H. Rose, cofounders of CAST, the educational nonprofit that developed the UDL framework, bring together a collection of articles on the practical, classroom dimensions of the UDL revolution in education. The authors offer insights on learner differences, the capacities of new media in the classroom, and effective teaching and assessment practices. The volume also includes lessons from teacher professional development workshops, classroom-based research, and UDL practitioners themselves. A highly readable volume aimed particularly at school teachers and administrators, this book is also an uncommonly accessible introduction to UDL for all readers committed to creating improved and universal access to educational materials for all students. Following a preface (Anne Meyer and David H. Rose), this book contains the following chapters: (1) Applying Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom (Peggy Coyne, Patricia Ganley, Tracey Hall, Grace Meo, Elizabeth Murray, and David Gordon); (2) A UDL Case Story and Model Lesson: Reading Challenges in Geography and Social Studies (The Staff at CAST); (3) Frequent Questions about Universal Design for Learning (Grace Meo); (4) A Level Playing Field: UDL in the Classroom (Lani Harac); (5) Teacher Perspectives: UDL in the Elementary Classroom (Kirsten Lee Howard); (6) Teacher Perspectives: Strategy Instruction Goes Digital (Nicole Strangman); (7) Implications of Universal Design for Learning for Classroom Assessment (David H. Rose and Robert P. Dolan); (8) The Promise of New Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities (Bart Pisha and Skip Stahl); (9) Transforming the Textbook to Improve Learning (Skip Stahl); (10) Engaging the Text: Brain Research and the Universal Design of Reading Strategy Supports (David H. Rose and Bridget Dalton); and (11) Teaching Internet Literacy Strategies: The Hero Inquiry Project (Maya B. Eagleton, Kathleen Guinee, and Karen Langlais). An index is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education