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A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning


reviewed by Joan M. McGuire & Sally S. Scott June 11, 2007

coverTitle: A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning
Author(s): David H. Rose and Anne Meyers
Publisher: Harvard Education Publishing Group, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792296 , Pages: 175, Year: 2006
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Whether it’s Kirsten Howard’s reflections on implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in her first grade classroom with a focus on the reading of science material, or the description of Kelly Driscoll’s seventh grade humanities class of 19, eight of whom had individualized education programs, this informative paperback offers readers what the title suggests: examples from practice. Key themes identified by the editors include literacy, digital learning environments, and “best practices and classroom-based research in Universal Design for Learning” (p. x). Although there is no reference in the book to the original source regarding universal design, the concept comes from the field of architecture and is defined as the design of products and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for retrofitting accommodations (Center for Universal Design, 1997). Over the past 25 years, applications of the concept of universal design have proliferated.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 11, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14519, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:39:07 AM

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  • Joan McGuire
    University of Connecticut
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    JOAN M. MCGUIRE, Ph.D., is a Professor of Special Education in the Educational Psychology Department and Co-Director of the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include Universal Design for Instruction (UDI); postsecondary disability program development, administration, and evaluation; and adults with learning disabilities.
  • Sally Scott
    Longwood University
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    SALLY S. SCOTT, Ph.D., is Director of Disability Services and Associate Professor of Special Education at Longwood University. Her expertise and research interests include the areas of postsecondary disability services, Universal Design for Instruction (UDI), and individuals with learning disabilities. Current projects focus on the applications of UDI in online and blended learning environments.
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