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ERIC Number: EJ1233963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2381-3369
And the Students Shall Lead Us: Putting Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Conversation with Universal Design for Learning in a Middle-School Spoken Word Poetry Unit
Coppola, Rick; Woodard, Rebecca; Vaughan, Andrea
Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, v68 n1 p226-249 Nov 2019
This case study explores how a research-practice partnership worked to cross-pollinate culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) over the course of a 9-week spoken word poetry unit in a seventh-grade classroom. The unit reflected CSP's commitment to linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism (e.g., centering culture- and identity-focused writing) while also intentionally embedding principles of UDL (e.g., multiple means of representation, action, expression, and engagement). The analysis examines how and why some students in this classroom centered dis/ability in their poetry writing and how the design and implementation of the unit invited more complex understandings of cultures and identities. Findings suggest that CSP supported students in making their identities more visible in the classroom, while the integration of UDL principles eliminated barriers for participation. Both were integral in focal students' engagements with aspects of their identities throughout the unit. Ultimately, the unit's design facilitated the movement of the focal students from the periphery to more centripetal roles within the classroom community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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