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ERIC Number: ED551192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 193
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-3368-9
Universal Design for Learning for a More Inclusive Environment in Higher Education
Black, Robert David
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Los Angeles
There is an increasing number of students with disabilities entering into higher education, 10.8% from 7.2% over two decades. As this proportion increases, a more inclusive environment in higher education is needed, and universal design for learning (UDL) can serve as a solution. UDL is a framework of instruction that aims to be inclusive of as many different learning styles and types of learners, and helps to reduce barriers. The purposes of this study were to (1) learn about the perspectives of students with disabilities on teaching methods and strategies that are conducive to learning and compare them to students without disabilities, (2) learn current faculty teaching methods and determine if they are already incorporating UDL principles, and (3) evaluate faculty attitudes towards students with disabilities and accommodations used. The findings of this study revealed that there are still barriers to learning for students with disabilities. These include faculty attitudes, lack of training and familiarity of faculty and staff, and accommodations that may be ineffective or inappropriate. Students both with and without disabilities demonstrated a variety of learning styles, and rated UDL principles as useful in improving their learning. It was also found that more education and training of faculty and staff are needed to reduce barriers, incorporate principles of UDL, and provide a more inclusive educational environment. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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