ERIC Number: ED421828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Bridge to College Success in K-12.
Senge, Jeffrey C.
This paper presents some possible reasons why persons with visual impairments are under-represented in the fields of mathematics and science, including insufficient general preparation for higher education during the K-12 years and the lack of effective alternative instructional materials and methods available to a person with a visual impairment in math and science once they reach college. A four-unit graduate course entitled "Adaptive Technology and Visual Impairments," located at California State University, Fullerton, is described. This innovative teacher preparation course is designed to address this under-representation by providing future teachers of the visually impaired with 55.5 hours of hands-on, computer-based adaptive technology instructional training and an additional 19.5 hours of an applied technology practicum. Topics to be covered in the course include electronic notetakers, tactile graphics, computer-generated braille transcription, and computer screen access programs. The purpose of this four-year project is to better train teaching professionals who work directly with students with visual impairments in K-12 in the use of adaptive technology and in doing so, to improve the K-12 students' general literacy and technical skills related to compensatory technologies, thus better preparing them for success in postsecondary education. (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Design, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Fullerton.