UDL: A Paradigm Shift
At the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), researchers have carefully considered the change that UD brought to the field of architecture. CAST assumes that learner diversity is the norm in today’s classrooms, and as such, educators must account for this by embedding flexibility into curriculum, which they define as goals, materials, methods and assessment. To learn more about CAST’s view on UDL and conceptual change, click here.
“Universal Design for Learning revolves around putting in place a framework for the creation of flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that accommodate learner differences. Teaching effectively, within a UDL framework requires a paradigm shift on the part of teachers and administrators, but beyond that, it forces us to ‘reconsider the way curriculum is designed and the way schooling is conducted’.”- Middle School Teacher