ERIC Number: EJ1120770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Children's Voices: Perspectives on Using Assistive Technology
Schock, Robin E.; Lee, Elizabeth A.
Exceptionality Education International, v26 n1 p76-94 2016
Rarely are the views of children with learning disabilities elicited. In this study, we used focus groups involving eight students with learning disabilities to explore their self-perceptions as learners and writers using assistive technology (AT). Three groups of two to three Grade 4-8 students and their parents participated in the qualitative study. Both student and parent responses provided data for thematic analysis that resulted in three themes: (a) changes in students' self-perceptions as learners; (b) student and parental self-reported benefits of using assistive technology; and (c) inconsistencies in approaches to using assistive technology in schools. The implications for education are greater attention to the views of elementary school children; greater focus on the use of AT in the classroom; and greater AT training for teachers in order to better support the use of AT by students with LD.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Focus Groups, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Writing Skills, Assistive Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Parent Attitudes, Attitude Change, Program Effectiveness, Technology Integration, Qualitative Research, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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