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Appar - En specialpedagogisk angelägenhet?: Om användning av appar i surfplattor och smartphones i den specialpedagogiska praktiken.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

 The focus of this study is what experiences five special needs pedagogues, at five comprehensive schools, and seven special needs pedagogues at “Skoldatatek,” have from using ITK-based assistive technology for children with special needs. The aim is to create an image of what this technique means for the special education today. The research questions intend to define what the accessibility to assistive technology is for children with special needs and how the special needs pedagogues interpret how the new technology with touch screens and apps might work for children with special needs. The evaluations of support and assistive technology have also been focused. The results show that students with special needs seem to have good access to laptop computers and assistive software. There seems to be a strong interest in new technologies that tablets and mobile phones both in the research context and in the special need practice.Tablets are almost exclusively used by younger children, foremost in preschool. Smartphones are mainly used in intermediate school and the special needs pedagogues state that there are many useful apps that can be used as cognitively support. A dilemma is that cell phones are not really accepted in school context. There is very limited research on the benefits of assistive technology. Even fewer studies have been done on whether assistive technology contributes to higher achievement for students. A few projects about apps and touch screens are in progress, but have not yet been evaluated. A conclusion is that more research is needed within assistive software to provide special needs pedagogues with evidence based data when recommending software for students with special needs.

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Keyword [en]
assistive technology, at, assistive communications device, cognitive disabilities, special needs student, ipad, smartphone, technical aids, compensatory software, special needs education
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86131OAI: diva2:697594
Subject / course
Examensarbete Specialpedagogprogrammet
Educational program
Special Edcation Programme
Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-18 Last updated: 2014-02-18Bibliographically approved

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