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ERIC Number: ED349116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Touch Window versus Power Pad: A Comparison of Response Rates by 3- and 4-Year-Old Handicapped and Nonhandicapped Children.
Hertel, Cary; And Others
This study investigated the effect of input devices on the use of a computer program by 3- and 4-year-old handicapped (n=9) and nonhandicapped (n=9) children in a small community in northwestern Kansas. Children used a software program that taught them how to understand colors and shapes. This program was used to collect data on the user's number of correct, incorrect, and total responses. Children were divided into two groups, one of which used a screen touch window to access the computer, and one of which used a power pad, or touch-sensitive tablet, to access the computer. After 4 weeks, children switched to the use of the opposite input device for another 4 weeks. Results indicated that handicapped children produced fewer responses than nonhandicapped children when they used the touch window, and more responses when they used the power pad. All but three children produced more responses when using the power pad than when using the touch window. Compared to nonhandicapped children, handicapped children exhibited a higher percentage of accurate responses when using the touch window, and a lower percentage when using the power pad. All children exhibited a higher percentage of accurate responses when using the touch window than when using the power pad. Thirteen references are cited. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Response Patterns; Touch Terminals