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Critical Issues in Universal Design for Learning
by K. Alisa Lowrey, Ph.D., Editor

Copyright © 2021 by Knowledge by Design, Inc.
Print: $34.99 ISBN: 978-1-941171-03-5
ePub: $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-941171-04-2

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Despite the fact that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been written into all major educational laws in the United States over the past two decades, there is no evidence that schools are prepared to implement this paradigm. Given the unrestrained advocacy by the major organizations promoting UDL, there has been limited attention to the difficulties of converting UDL principles into meaningful instructional design and classroom practices.

The purpose of this book is to critically examine the existing research and implementation gaps associated with UDL and to move the profession beyond the simplistic introductions to UDL that have misdirected attention away from fundamental questions. Readers will explore the potential of UDL and the significant challenges that must be confronted by policymakers, administrators, parents, teachers, publishers, instructional designers, researchers, as well as teacher educators, and resolved, if the potential of UDL is to be realized.


Preface – K. Alisa Lowrey
Discussion Guide

Part 1: The Essence of UDL

1. The Elusive Nature of UDL – Jeff Diedrich
2. The Language We Use to Speak UDL – Kathy Howery
3. UDL Next: The Future of the Framework – James D. Basham & Jose Blackorby

Part 2: Examining the Foundations of UDL

4. UDL Implementation Research: Building an Evidence Base – Kavita Rao & Sara Cook
5. At the Intersection of Clarity and Complexity: Defining and Measuring UDL in Research and Practice — Eric Moore
6. UDL: It’s the Same Thing I’m Already Doing – Aleksandra Hollingshead

Part 3: Topical Conversations about UDL

7. UDL and Teacher Learning through the Lens of Cognitive Flexibility Theory – Cynthia M. Okolo, Rand J. Spiro, & Shawn Daley
8. Solving the Problem of Access: Broadening the Application of the UDL Framework – Sean J. Smith, Stephanie Craig, & Amber Rowland
9. Universal Design for Learning and Technology – Audra I. Classen, Gregory W. Smith, & Stacy Reeves
10. How Far Are the Margins? UDL and Students with Intellectual Disability – K. Alisa Lowrey

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