Students' perceptions of classroom instructional environments in the context of 'Universal Design for Learning'

Michael M. Abell, Eunjoo Jung, Matthew Taylor

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Abstract

Using a sample of 867 students in Grades 5-12, the present study investigated whether students' perceptions toward the instructional environment in classrooms that employed Universal Design for Learning differed by school grade level and teacher gender. High-school students in the study showed higher perception scores than upper-elementary or middle-school students in the personalisation and participation aspect of the classroom environment. The results for teacher gender indicated that students in the study perceived a more personalised classroom environment with female teachers than with male teachers. Policy implications and methodological considerations are provided for future study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages15
JournalLearning Environments Research
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Classroom environment
  • Universal design for learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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