Universal design for learning in inclusive education policy in South Africa

African Journal of Disability

Field Value
Title Universal design for learning in inclusive education policy in South Africa
Creator McKenzie, Judith A. Dalton, Elizabeth M.
Subject inclusive education; universal design for learning; South Africa inclusive education; universal design for learning; South Africa; education policy; implementation
Description Background: South Africa has undertaken the implementation of inclusive education as a vehicle for achieving enhanced educational outcomes and equity. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional design framework that takes into account the wide range of variations in skills and abilities that exist across all learners, and provides a research-based set of principles and guidelines for inclusive curriculum development and delivery.Objectives: To locate UDL within the specific inclusive education policy context of South Africa and consider how this approach can support policy implementation. We have argued that UDL could serve as a strategy to link policy imperatives with classroom practice, enabling effective communication between the different actors.Method: We reviewed fundamental inclusive education policies in South Africa and research relating to their implementation, and how they configure support and curriculum differentiation. We then compared this understanding with that proposed by UDL and considered what could be gained in adopting a UDL framework.Results: We noted that UDL has several advantages in that it allows for a common language between education stakeholders and gives new meaning to the interpretation of levels of support.Conclusion: The implementation of inclusive education in South Africa could be enhanced by introducing the concepts of UDL into policy, research and teaching practice as a common language and vehicle for packaging support systems.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor European Union CBM
Date 2020-12-15
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v9i0.776
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 9 (2020); 8 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
Relation https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/776/1484 https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/776/1483 https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/776/1485 https://ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/776/1482
Coverage South Africa 2001-2020 N/A
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Judith A. McKenzie, Elizabeth M. Dalton https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0