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It's Not Just a Book Club: A Novel Approach to Prepare Researchers for Practice

Luciano da Rosa dos Santos, Noha Altowairiki, Carol Johnson, Yang Flora Liu, Laurie Hill, Jennifer Lock

Proceedings of the IDEAS: Designing Responsive Pedagogy | University of Calgary | Published : 2015


A diverse group of researchers faced the challenge of developing practical proficiency in using Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In order to address the problem, the group initiated a book club strategy to develop a common understanding of principles of UDL. Their book club supported collaborative and reflective discussions, which informed their practice. In this paper, we share our lived experiences with book club as a professional learning strategy. Out of this experience, three recommendations are offered: intentional selection of the book, shared facilitation in support of a community of practice, and fostering collaborative professional learning.