ERIC Number: ED364845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Uses of Technology and Educational Media in Literacy Instruction for Children with Developmental Disabilities.
Staples, Amy; And Others
A 3-year research project, employing qualitative inquiry in a pair of preschool and primary grade classrooms (one self-contained and one integrated at each level), was undertaken to examine the literacy learning difficulties of school-aged children with developmental disabilities. The multi-site case studies of the first phase of the project used the constant comparative method of data collection and analysis. Analysis of the first year of the project reveals two primary themes: technology, and inclusion. Technology facilitated literacy learning opportunities when: (1) it was available; (2) teachers were competent users and programmers of the devices; and (3) teachers had ample time to adapt materials. Inclusion facilitated learning when: peers had a clear understanding of and experiences with their roles; and the individual needs of all students were considered. The roles these factors, as well as others, play in literacy experiences will be clarified as the project continues. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technology Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (43rd, Charleston, SC, December 1-4, 1993).