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ERIC Number: ED414681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 279
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of the Compensatory Effectiveness of Assistive Technology on Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities. Final Report.
Murphy, Harry; Higgins, Eleanor
This final report describes the activities and accomplishments of a 3-year study on the compensatory effectiveness of three assistive technologies, optical character recognition, speech synthesis, and speech recognition, on postsecondary students (N=140) with learning disabilities. These technologies were investigated relative to: (1) immediate compensatory effects on reading comprehension, proofreading and written composition; (2) long-term effects on academic retention and success; (3) long-term effects on academic behaviors and attitudes; and (4) cost effectiveness in relation to other compensatory strategies. Results indicated that all three of the technologies significantly alleviated difficulties in reading comprehension, proofreading and written composition; significantly improved long-term academic retention and success; positively influenced academic behaviors and attitudes; and were highly cost effective as compared to other compensatory interventions. The most dramatic findings were in the area of retention. Participants in the study had a drop-out rate of 1.4 percent as compared to 34 percent for matched controls over the same 3-year period. Individual sections of the report present an overview of the project, and detail the project's purpose, background and origins, specific studies conducted, and evaluation/project results. Extensive appendices include the text of five publications related to the study's findings, a questionnaire/interview schedule, course outlines, and sample lesson plans. Contains over 100 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Northridge.