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Faculty Members’ Knowledge and willingness to Implement the Universal Design for Learning for Students with Disabilities in Saudi Universities


Hassan M Alzahrani


Vol. 22  No. 10  pp. 315-321


Many students with disabilities and special needs are enrolled in higher education, which substantiated the need for research regarding faculty members’ knowledge and willingness to implement supportive strategies in higher education in Saudi Arabia. This study explored Saudi university faculty members’ knowledge and willingness to apply UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles in their teaching practice. Surveys were used for data collection for this descriptive research. The findings indicated faculty members felt that they were knowledgeable regarding UDL and were willing to use UDL principles in teaching their students. Furthermore, there were no statistically significant differences between faculty members’ knowledge levels regarding UDL based on their current position and years of experience. The findings indicated there was a significant relationship between gender and knowledge, with males having a significantly higher mean knowledge, although further analyses revealed it was a small effect. Finally, the results suggest more years of experience are related to greater willingness to use UDL principles, and this is particularly true for those in a lecturing position. These findings could be helpful, particularly for the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia to shed light on faculty members’ UDL knowledge. Further research is needed to substantiate the findings.


Universal design for learning, learners with disabilities, faculty members, higher education.