Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Spring 4-6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)

First Committee Member

Diane Ross


Diane Ross

Second Committee Member

Daniel Cho

Third Committee Member

Bethany Vosburg-Bluem


Engagement, Accessibility, Project-Based Learning, Universal Design for Learning, Differentiation

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Higher Education


The goal of this project is to create a second-grade Social Studies curriculum that increases engagement and provides accessibility to all students. The intent is to pull from the instructional frameworks of Universal Design for Learning developed by CAST, Project-Based Learning by The Buck Institute and differentiation by Carol Ann Tomlinson. The following research question was used to propel forward the goal of this project: How can a second grade Social Studies unit unlock student engagement and universal accessibility by applying three educational frameworks? This question was answered by literature research on the topics of engagement and accessibility followed by the three frameworks mentioned above on UDL, PBL and differentiation. This research was then analyzed for overlapping characteristics that would lead to a curriculum development that was highly engaging and universally accessible for second grade students.

Keywords: engagement, accessibility, motivation, project-based, individualistic system

Licensing Permission

Copyright, some rights reserved. Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike

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