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Dissertation in Practice
Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)
UWT-Muckleshoot Cohort Doctoral Program
Dr. Robin Minthorn
Dr. Michelle Montgomery
Dr. Dawn Hardison-Stevens
This study seeks to determine if Universal Design for Learning could serve as a culturally sustaining classroom framework for supporting Indigenous students in classroom settings. It also shares the perceived proficiency of Indigenous parents by those serving in a caregiver role for Indigenous youth, as well as the perceived potential of specific elements of Universal Design for Learning in supporting their students. As an Indigenous woman, I recognize the importance of asking Indigenous families if this strategy is worthy of further research, before conducting research into the efficacy of Universal Design for Learning in this way. This research project also explores the k-12th grade educational experience of Indigenous caregivers and provides potential models for where Indigenous Leadership Frameworks and Universal Design for Learning align and where they are misaligned. My research found significant alignment between Universal Design for Learning practices and Indigenous Leadership Frameworks. The survey data from caregivers of Indigenous children also confirms this alignment, though more research may be necessary that would broaden the demographics represented in the data from this survey.
Vasilez, Jennifer, "Indigenizing Education: Universal Design for Learning and Indigenous Leadership Frameworks" (2023). Ed.D. Dissertations in Practice. 76.
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