ERIC Number: EJ1016424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Investigating the Impact of Technology on Pre-Service Teacher Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hart, Juliet E.; More, Cori M.
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v48 n4 p 504-513 Dec 2013
A rapidly growing developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 88 children. Although highly probable that both general and special educators will encounter ASD students, most teacher graduates receive minimal preparation in evidence-based practices for this population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a technology-driven intervention designed to address the current time and content constraints of teacher preparation programs in ASD. Using a quantitative, two-group posttest design, two randomly assigned groups of undergraduate teacher education candidates interacted with either a narrated PowerPoint enhanced with text and pictures synced to audio or the same information in text-only format to determine the impact of instructional delivery type on knowledge of ASD. Participants in the enhanced narrated PowerPoint group outperformed their read-only counterparts on knowledge of ASD. Implications for utilizing this technology for teacher education programming to meet the needs of students with ASD will be described.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Preservice Teachers, Influence of Technology, Developmental Disabilities, Best Practices, Intervention, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Delivery Systems, Intermode Differences, Courseware, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Technology Uses in Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Capacity Building
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site: http://daddcec.org/Publications/ETADDJournal.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A