ERIC Number: EJ1066707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementing Vision Research in Special Needs Education
Wilhelmsen, Gunvor Birkeland; Aanstad, Monica L.; Leirvik, Eva Iren B.
Support for Learning, v30 n2 p134-149 May 2015
This article presents experiences from vision research implemented in education and argues for the need for teachers with visual competence and insight into suitable methods for stimulation and learning. A new type of continuing professional development (CPD) focuses on the role of vision in children's learning and development, the consequences of frequently occurring vision disturbances and related new educational possibilities. Participating teachers undertake a period of practical teaching training in their home community. Two students' cases visualise the need to break out of the narrow definition of visual impairment and become capable of evaluating the visual challenges affecting many pupils and their learning. The two cases presented represent various issues of visual challenges; both reached a better functional level, including better reading, following improved vision after the educational interventions. These results illustrate that vision competence in schools is most useful and ought to be widely accessible.
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Needs Students, Visual Impairments, Children, Child Development, Case Studies, Reading Improvement, Intervention, Professional Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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