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Universal Design in Science Learning

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Science Teacher Volume 73, Number 3, ISSN 0036-8555


Creating inquiry- and standards-based science curricula that meet wide-ranging learner needs and preferences requires strategic planning and organization. The common practice of retrofitting or modifying existing instructional and curriculum materials to accommodate individual learner needs too often overshadows the concept of designing universal learning experiences, which aim to minimize the need for accommodations and modifications. Universal design is a framework for integrating flexible, usable, and accessible teaching and learning technologies with inquiry- and standards-based science curricula. This article presents an overview of how universal design and technology can advance science for all and provides scenarios of universal design in practice. (Contains 2 figures and 10 online resources.)


Curry, C., Cohen, L. & Lightbody, N. (2006). Universal Design in Science Learning. Science Teacher, 73(3), 32-37. Retrieved June 8, 2023 from .

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