Universally Designed Lesson Plans: Teacher Candidates’ Thinking and Experiences. EECERA 17th Annual Conference Exploring Vygotsky’s Ideas: Crossing Borders Prague, Czech Republic August 30,2007 Mary Ellen McGuire-Schwartz, Ed.D.
Access, participation, and progress in the general education curriculum for all learners
“Consider the needs of the broadest possible range of users from the beginning”
Architect, Ron Mace
CAST believes that “barriers to learning are not, in fact, inherent in the capacities of learners, but instead arise in learners' interactions with inflexible educational goals, materials, methods, and assessments.”
Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age, p. vi
UDL is an educational approach to teaching, learning, and assessment, drawing on new brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual learner differences.
One must recognize information, ideas, and concepts
One must be able to apply strategies to process the information
One must be engaged
Task is too difficult for learner
ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT
Task is too easy for learner
This research project is a small scale pilot research study which explores and documents how teacher candidates understand and use the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in lesson and unit planning during their practicum experiences with elementary students.
The participants are introduced to and trained in the principles of UDL. The participants’ thinking, experiences, and use of UDL principles in their lesson planning are documented.
The qualitative data collection includes focus groups, individual interviews, questionnaires, observations, and lesson plan reviews.Abstract
Teacher candidates thinking and
Teacher candidates in ECED 301 and ELED 300 and faculty introduced to the principles of Universal Design for Learning.
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