The Impact of Universal Design for Learning Instruction on Lesson Planning

By Jennifer Williams, Chan Evans and Laura King.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper describes a study that investigated the impact of instruction in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for preservice elementary education teachers. They used a self-report instrument to rate skill level before and after direct and guided instruction to learn and practice essential components of UDL in lesson planning for elementary-age diverse learners. UDL instruction had a positive impact on self-assessment of lesson planning skills. Results of the study and implications for future research of UDL instruction at the university level are discussed.

Keywords: Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction, Lesson Planning, Teacher Candidates, Preservice Teachers

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.763KB).

Dr. Jennifer Williams

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Dr. Jennifer Williams is an Assistant Professor in the area of Special Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate level special education courses. Dr. Williams’ primary research interests include effective instruction, Universal Design for Learning, teacher retention, and mentoring techniques.

Dr. Chan Evans

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Dr. Evans is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Special Education program at East Carolina University. Her research interests include preservice teacher training, teachers-as-researchers, characteristics of students with emotional/behavioral disabilities, and using positive behavior interventions and supports to improve academics and behavior of students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.

Laura King

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Dr. King is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Special Education program at East Carolina University. Her research interests include teacher education, Universal Design for Learning, assistive technology, and disability in education.

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