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ERIC Number: EJ1100898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Teaching Play Skills to Visually Impaired Preschool Children: Its Effect on Social Interaction
Ozaydin, Latife
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v15 n4 p1021-1038 Aug 2015
The aim of this study is to assess the effects that teaching visually impaired (VI) preschool children play skills has on their abilities to initialize and respond to social interactions with their typically developing (TD) peers in a reverse mainstreaming preschool class. The subjects of the study were three female VI students regularly attending a preschool classroom. Based on their teacher's comments, all children were limited in their ability to initiate and maintain social initiations and in their ability to respond to social interaction initialized by their peers. Play skills were taught to the target students using direct teaching methods through small group arrangements outside the class. The study was conducted using a multiple probe design using probe sessions across subjects in order to determine the impact of play skills taught through direct instruction on the social interactions of children in the class. Visual and non-parametric analyses showed that the play skills taught are effective in increasing the target VI students' abilities to initiate interactions with their peers and in increasing their response behaviors. In addition, the target students not only generalized the interaction behaviors that they had learned to a girl of their own age, but they also retained what they had learned 2 and 3 weeks after the completion of the implementations. [This study was presented orally as a paper in the 4th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES/2012) in Barcelona on February 2, 2012.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)
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