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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Editorial Reviews

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: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK G. BOWE is Professor and Special Education Coordinator at Hofstra University. Professor Bowe is widely regarded as the father of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which required accessibility in K-12 and college education. Among his earlier books are Physical, Sensory, and Health Disabilities and Birth to Five: Early Childhood Special Education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Executive Summary

Diverse Students

Seven Principles of Universal Design

Universally Designed Education

Principles One: Equitable Use and Two: Flexibility in Use

Principle Three: Simple and Intuitive Use and Four: Perceptible Information

Principle Five: Tolerance for Error and Six: Low Physical Effort

Principle Seven: Size and Space for Approach and Use

Web Site Accessibility




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