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ERIC Number: EJ786518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-1547-0350
Preschool Teacher Perceptions of Assistive Technology and Professional Development Responses
Stoner, Julia B.; Parette, Howard P.; Watts, Emily H.; Wojcik, Brian W.; Fogal, Tina
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v43 n1 p77-91 Mar 2008
This study investigated the perspectives of teachers in an early childhood center concerning their thoughts and feelings about the implementation of a school wide assistive technology (AT) program designed to enhance emergent literacy skills for children identified as being at-risk or having special needs. Qualitative methodology was used to gain perspectives of all participants. Semi-structured interviews, observations in the classroom, and a self-assessment of AT knowledge and practice were used to collect data. Data were analyzed using a multiple coding approach resulting in identification of four major themes: (a) perceptions of technology, (b) perceived challenges to implementing technology, (c) perceptions of AT and literacy and (d) self-reported AT use. Discussion and recommendations focus on best practices of implementing school wide AT in early childhood settings. (Contains 3 tables.)
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A