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ERIC Number: EJ1145508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Seeing Science
Miles, Rhea; Zambone, Alana
Science Teacher, v84 n4 p43-46 Apr 2017
Students who are blind or visually impaired (BVI), like all students, need to conduct scientific investigations that involve measurements and reading experimental procedures. Best instructional practices for BVI students include touch and hearing experiences. Related strategies and tools include electronic textbooks, assistive technologies such as screen magnifiers and readers, voice commands on cell phones, enlarged fonts and spacing, tactile models, and Braille transcription of print. In this article, a student with BVI uses assisted technologies and modified devices to independently participate in the Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP), through which students conduct drug addiction research on planarians (flatworms). The project, titled "Planarians and the pharmacology of addiction: An in vivo model for K-12 education," is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Typically, students enrolled in advanced placement (AP) statistics, biology, AP biology, or honors chemistry conduct independent research after school for two hours once a week for 14 weeks at a nearby university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A