Improved Lesson Planning With Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Feb. 01, 2013

Source: Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(1), 7-27, February 2013.

This study presents a comparison of lesson plans by teacher candidates in a teacher preparation program before and after universal design for learning (UDL) training.

After training, 45 teachers incorporated more differentiated options and varied teacher strategies based on UDL principles into their lesson plans, so that the content was more accessible to all students.
A variety of changes and options was examined, and examples of commonly occurring choices selected by the teacher candidates were provided.

The improved multiplicity of options in lesson planning demonstrates a better understanding of UDL principles; however, teachers need more experience in actually implementing the UDL principles in their classrooms.

Updated: Feb. 19, 2014