Children's Voices: Perspectives on Using Assistive Technology
Exceptionality Education International Volume 26, Number 1, ISSN 1918-5227
Rarely are the views of children with learning disabilities elicited. In this study, we used focus groups involving eight students with learning disabilities to explore their self-perceptions as learners and writers using assistive technology (AT). Three groups of two to three Grade 4-8 students and their parents participated in the qualitative study. Both student and parent responses provided data for thematic analysis that resulted in three themes: (a) changes in students' self-perceptions as learners; (b) student and parental self-reported benefits of using assistive technology; and (c) inconsistencies in approaches to using assistive technology in schools. The implications for education are greater attention to the views of elementary school children; greater focus on the use of AT in the classroom; and greater AT training for teachers in order to better support the use of AT by students with LD.
Schock, R.E. & Lee, E.A. (2016). Children's Voices: Perspectives on Using Assistive Technology. Exceptionality Education International, 26(1), 76-94.