Insights of South African Teachers on the Implementation of Principles of UDL

In this presentation, I present preliminary findings of a research project focused on the implementation of UDL in a South African township schools with limited resources. After being introduced to the philosophy of UDL and its principles, K-12 South African teachers shared their insights on the possibility of implementing UDL principles in their schools and illuminated the challenges to developing inclusive educational settings.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of current successes and challenges K-12 teachers face when teaching students with disabilities in their classrooms in township schools in South Africa.
  2. Gain an understanding of township teachers’ perspectives towards Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the possibility of implementing UDL principles in township schools where there are few resources available.
  3. Assess whether UDL current principles are designed to benefit all learners, even in global contexts with few resources such as township schools in South Africa.
  4.  Identify disparities in the educational opportunities given to students depending on their race, ability, ethnicity, nationality, and socioeconomic status through the example of township schooling in South Africa.