Creating an accessible learning environment: Anticipating and resolving practical barriers

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Chapter 16 of the book Transitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education considers the question of Creating an accessible learning environment: Anticipating and resolving practical barriers.

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Overview of content

Section headings:

  • Abstract
  • Background
    • Revisiting the legal framework
    • Disabled students in higher education mathematics
  • Accessing mathematical studies: Practical issues and concerns
    • Students with print-disabilities
    • Students with hearing impairment
    • Students who cannot effectively use pen and paper
    • Summary of practical barriers
  • Resolving practical barriers and anticipatory approaches in mathematics
    • The primary practical barrier: Failure to anticipate and plan
    • Resolving practical barriers: Approaches and required infrastructure
      • Accessible mathematical documents
      • Creating mathematical output using assistive technology
      • Working with support workers
      • Required infrastructure
    • Anticipating practical barriers: Collaborative approaches
  • A checklist for departments: An idealised approach
  • Conclusion

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