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ERIC Number: ED541388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: ISBN-978-155-0-16940-9
ISSN: N/A
Junior / Community College Students with Learning Disabilities and Their Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Nguyen, Mai Nhu; Fichten, Catherine; King, Laura; Barile, Maria; Mimouni, Zohra; Havel, Alice; Raymond, Odette; Juhel, Jean-Charles; Jorgensen, Shirley; Chauvin, Alexandre; Gutberg, Jennifer; Budd, Jillian; Hewlett, Maureen; Heiman, Tali; Gaulin, Chris; Asuncion, Jennison
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Junior / community college students who have learning disabilities (LD), such as dyslexia, often do not maximize their use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for school work. They do not use many of these technologies nor do they know as much about them as other students. These are the results of an Adaptech Research Network study on ICTs where the key research questions were: What proportion of students in colleges self-report having an LD? What proportion of these students register for disability related services from their college? What ICTs are recommended by experts for students with LD to facilitate academic work? What ICTs do students with LD actually use, and how does this compare with ICTs used by students without LD? Over 4% of students enrolled in one English junior / community college and two French junior / community colleges self-reported having LD; only 59% of students with LD were registered for disability related services from their college. The findings also highlight important discrepancies between experts' views and the realities of students with LD: differences in terms of ICTs that could be useful (experts' opinions), and in terms of those that are actually used by students with LD. We recommend that students with LD be taught how to use specialized ICTs before they enter college. There needs to be adequate funding as well as opportunities for these students to learn to use potentially helpful ICTs while at college as well. Access to and use of the necessary ICTs will allow these students to develop the skills needed to succeed in academic and professional settings, as well as in the community at large, where ICTs are now ubiquitous. Six appendixes are included: (1) Interview Questions for Experts on the Use of ICTs by Students with Learning Disabilities at the Postsecondary Level (French version); (2) Interview Questions for Experts on the Use of ICTs by Students with Learning Disabilities at the Postsecondary Level (English version); (3) Adult Reading History Questionnaire -- Revised (ARHQ-R) (French version); (4) Adult Reading History Questionnaire -- Revised (ARHQ-R) (English version); (5) Questionnaire on Students' Use of ICTs (French version); and (6) Questionnaire on Students' Use of ICTs (English version). [English adaptation of the Final report for the Fonds de recherche du Quebec -- Societe et culture (FRQSC) and the ministere de l'Education, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada