Universal Design in Education: Teaching Nontraditional Students / Edition 1

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Teachers at all levels, from K-12 through college and university settings to adult and continuing education, now deal with a remarkably diverse student body. Universal design, an approach previously adopted in architecture and engineering, offers cost-effective ways to respond to the special needs of these diverse students. In universal design, teachers provide appropriate media (e.g., disks, materials posted on Web pages) that are readable by people with learning disabilities or blindness and are also accessible to distance-learning students.

By offering participatory exercises and collaborative learning opportunities, teachers respond to the preferences of many students of Hispanic origin as well as many who have different learning styles. Teachers can also adjust the layout of a classroom, the ways in which students communicate with each other and with the instructor, and the language(s) in which information is presented. Bowe explains these techniques and supplies resources with additional information. This book is an invaluable resource for teachers, student teachers, and support personnel who help teachers meet special needs at all levels.

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Intended to be used as a handbook, this volume provides teachers of all grades and programs with ways of designing and delivering instruction that responds to the needs of diverse students, including those with disabilities, different learning styles, scheduling difficulties, and of ethnic and racial minority cultures. Bowe (special education, Hofstra U.) outlines seven educational principles basic to the concept of universal design and addresses web site accessibility. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896887
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK G. BOWE is Professor and Special Education Coordinator at Hofstra University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction and Executive Summary 1
Tip Sheet: Universally Designed Teaching
1. Diverse Students 7
People with Disabilities
Members of Ethnic/Racial Minority Cultures
Different Learning Styles
People for Whom Traditional Approaches Are Inconvenient
2. Seven Principles of Universal Design 23
The Seven Principles
3. Universally Designed Education 45
Universal Design in PreK-12 Schools
Universal Design in Colleges and Universities
Universal Design in Continuing and Adult Education
The Seven Principles in Education
4. Principles One and Two 63
Principle 1 Equitable Use
Principle 2 Flexibility in Use
5. Principles Three and Four 73
Principle 3 Simple and Intuitive Use
Principle 4 Perceptible Information
6. Principles Five and Six 85
Principle 5 Tolerance for Error
Principle 6 Low Physical Effort
7. Principle Seven 91
Principle 7 Size and Space for Approach and Use
8. Web Site Accessibility 99
Your Own Web Pages
Access to Other People's Web Pages
9. Summary 107
Appendix A Instructional Media 111
Appendix B Resources 119
References 125
Index 131
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