Effectiveness of Universal Design Education at Japanese Schools


Satoshi Kose and Yasuko Takayama


B3. Education about UD

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2014-06-16, 17:40 - 18:00


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Majority of Japanese people now know the term “Universal Design.” It is not only because of publicizing effort by the local governments and their related organizations, but also schools have taken up universal design as a concept to be taught. Shizuoka University of Art and Culture has adopted universal design as one of its fundamental policies since it was established in 2000, and the authors examined how the students of high schools and of the Shizuoka University of Art and Culture have learned UD. Authors compared the findings with UD education tools for pupils and students, including UD promotion by the local governments and Japanese language textbooks. The examination of the effect upon students’ knowledge of UD by these tools and actions suggests correlation between them, and what are sufficient/insufficient as to the contents of UD education. The authors discuss what UD education should be, based on the results.