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ERIC Number: EJ830867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
"Learning to Assess" and "Assessing to Learn": The Construction of Knowledge about Assistive Technology
Folkes, Clare; Carmichael, Patrick
Educational Action Research, v14 n4 p535-545 Dec 2006
A key role in the development and deployment of Assistive Technology solutions is that of the "assessor-consultant". Assessor-consultants for the UK-based charity Abilitynet work with clients to develop customized computer-based assistive technology systems and draw on a range of shared knowledge from the assessor-consultant community. We provide examples of the process by which assessor-consultants develop systems for clients with complex difficulties and progressive conditions such as motor neurone disease. We draw attention to the fact that evaluation studies of interventions consist largely of generic findings that are difficult to apply in assessor-consultants' everyday work with clients. Analysis of case histories and interviews with experienced assessor-consultants suggests that reconstructing their work as a knowledge construction activity could form the basis of a shared and collaborative culture of practitioner research. We draw on recent work on knowledge construction and innovation to suggest possible means by which this might be supported.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom