Universal Design for Inclusive Pedagogy

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Call for Papers
August 31, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Educational Technology, Social Sciences, Social History / Studies

Dear Colleagues,

The Education Sciences journal is pleased to announce an upcoming issue on Universal Design for Inclusive Pedagogy (UDIP). This special issue seeks to address the needs of all postsceondary/tertiary students for a barrier-free learning environment to increase their academic achievement, engagement, learning mastery, and persistence to graduation. UDIP is sensitive to diverse students and individual differences to promote access and equity. We request new and creative ideas for the classroom and student service units. While our colleagues in elementary and secondary education have been addressing this issue for many years, postsecondary education is a newer field for this approach.

Manuscripts should provide ideas and practical help for teachers and student service staff as they relate to the themes below. Topic areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • embedding academic support systems within the class rather than externally;
  • selection of curriculum culturally-sensitive for diverse students;
  • effective use of assistive and instructional technologies to foster inclusion;
  • teaching pedagogies effective to students from historically-underrepresented backgrounds and recent immigrants;
  • mainsteaming services for students with disabilities so all students in the class or student support service can access and benefit from them;
  • assessment practices that provide venues for students to demonstrate mastery; and
  • other approaches to widen access and success for all students.

In addressing these issues we seek novel contributions, including conceptual and theoretical papers, empirical investigations, and research-based studies, which address the above issues as well as others that advance the international literature on UDL. Submitted manuscripts should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard masked peer review process. For author guidelines, please visit the journal website. If you have questions about potential manuscript topics, please contact the journal guest editor, Dr. David Arendale.

Dr. David Arendale
Guest Editor

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Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Education Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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