ERIC Number: ED222170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Instruction for the Development of Basic Skills with Intellectually Handicapped School Children.
This report describes and discusses the uses of CAI in the teaching of handwriting, reading, and concept formation to children with learning difficulties. Following an introductory discussion of learning disabilities and teaching techniques, a computer-assisted approach to the instruction of handwriting which employs a digitiser light pen and a special display screen is outlined. A study investigating the effectiveness of the approach is summarized, and figures illustrate the development of one student's handwriting. The uses of computer synthesized speech and a special input panel for teaching basic reading skills such as word recognition are then presented. Applications of CAI to concept formation, specifically conservation of numbers and the development of spatial concepts, are also discussed, as well as experiments using an interactive color computer system to aid children in concept formation. A discussion of the problems involved in transferring into practice the results of educational technology research such as that described in this report and an overview of the implications of CAI as a means for increasing the effectiveness of educational programs for intellectually handicapped children conclude the report. A 13-item reference list accompanies the text. (JL)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Concept Formation, Conservation (Concept), Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Handwriting Skills, Input Output Devices, Learning Disabilities, Man Machine Systems, Mental Retardation, Outcomes of Education, Reading Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: N/A