ERIC Number: EJ1146853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Visuospatial Orientation Learning through Virtual Reality for People with Severe Disability
de la Torre-Luque, Alejandro; Valero-Aguayo, Luis; de la Rubia-Cuestas, Ernesto J.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v64 n4 p420-435 2017
This study aims to test how an intervention based on virtual reality (VR) may enhance visuospatial skills amongst people with disability. A quasi-experimental intra-group study was therefore conducted. Participants were 20 people with severe disability (65% males; 34.35 years, on average, and 84.95% of disability rate according to the Andalusian Government index). Intervention consisted of 15 sessions of active navigation using a VR building similar to the participants' day rehabilitation centre with the task of locating different rooms and objects. The time spent and errors in route in the virtual and the real environments were measured before and after the intervention. Additionally, participants had to fill out a map location task. As a result, participants showed fewer errors and less time at post-intervention assessments even with non-trained stimuli (p < 0.05). These results demonstrate the usefulness of VR-based interventions with active navigation to accelerate orientation learning in real-life situations.
Descriptors: Simulated Environment, Severe Disabilities, Visual Perception, Spatial Ability, Intervention, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Quasiexperimental Design, Error Patterns, Time, Maps, Navigation, Foreign Countries, Pretests Posttests, Structured Interviews, Rating Scales, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Andalusia)