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ERIC Number: EJ1044109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Adapting Diagrams from Physics Textbooks: A Way to Improve the Autonomy of Blind Students
Dickman, A. G.; Martins, A. O.; Ferreira, A. C.; Andrade, L. M.
Physics Education, v49 n5 p526-531 Sep 2014
We devise and test a set of tactile symbols to represent elements frequently used in mechanics diagrams, such as vectors, ropes, pulleys, blocks and surfaces, that can be used to adapt drawings of physics situations in textbooks for blind students. We also investigate how figures are described for blind students in classroom activities and exams, by interviewing three blind students using the oral history method. The symbols were tested at a specialized school for the blind. Our results indicate that, with training, blind students become familiar with the symbols and can identify them in a problem without the need for a spoken description. This educational product can help blind students to achieve the same conditions of autonomy as sighted ones when studying physics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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