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Sociology, Social issues, Social sciences
Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) is primarily focused on ensuring that curricula are as accessible to students with a range of disabilities and difficulties. However, UDI can also be leveraged as a means of addressing issues of socio-cultural capital in third-level education. The assumption that all students belong to the dominant habitus can have a detrimental effect on those seen as being external to it. This paper examines the use of UDI as part of a wider approach to curriculum development as a means of addressing these issue. This is especially pertinent in light of the amalgamation of a number of technical Institutes (DIT, ITT, and ITB) as part of the development of a Technical University in Dublin (colloquially referred to as TU4Dublin), as the student population across these institutes encapsulates a wide-range of socio-cultural, and educational backgrounds.
Vaughan, B. (2016) Universal Design in curriculum development to address issues of socio-cultural capital in third-level education. Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 2016.