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ERIC Number: ED567248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-6493-6
An Assessment of Assistive Technology Devices and Services Used at the Secondary School Level in an Urban Enugu, Nigeria, Public School District
Maraizu, Uchechi S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to develop a qualitative analysis of the types of assistive technology used by special education coordinators from an urban Enugu, Nigeria, public school district and subsequently make recommendations for potentially useful statewide assistive technology (AT) services. The study provided the perception of the coordinators level of AT services within the school district. An open-ended questionnaire was developed for the study to capture the special education coordinators' beliefs, attitudes, types of AT used, and perceptions that influence their adoption and continued use of AT in their school and classrooms. A semi-structured interview of special education coordinators was conducted to triangulate the results of the questionnaire. Some of the special education coordinators who responded to the questionnaires and participated in the interviews reported a lack of adequate or appropriate AT as a major concern in meeting the needs of their students. Many reported a lack of funds to purchase new AT or repair broken equipment. Some of the special education coordinators were concerned about whether the use of AT in the future will help special education students to participate fully in classroom activities. Most of the special education coordinators reported that insufficient or inadequate AT was a major barrier to student learning. A majority cited lack of proper training; many said there were not enough funds to purchase new AT. A few of the special education coordinators reported that AT availability is needed along with proper training of the coordinators. Some reported that training of the students was essential and that increased awareness is needed in the school district. The findings also indicated that the lack of adequate AT and support can lead to reduced use of AT, but the amount of support available appears to vary within the school district and schools. It is important for administrators to provide both effective training, adequate AT, sufficient funding, and adequate technical support of student learning. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria