The impact of computers on the achievement of special needs students. By: Jessica Krauss. Research Purpose:.
By: Jessica Krauss
The purpose of this study is to determine how academic achievement may be effected among special needs students who have computers integrated into their curriculum and those who do not have computers integrated into their curriculum.
There will be a significant difference in academic achievement among special need children who have computers integrated into their daily curriculum and those who do not have computers integrated into their daily curriculum.
This study is relevant to education because of the current movement
in computers today. More and more students with special needs are
using computers. Computer instruction should focus on meaningful comprehension. Computer use should foster active involvement and stimulate thinking (Bowe, 1994). It is important to know and analyze student progress in relation to computer use. Technology refers to instructional approaches that are very well defined objectives,
precise instructional procedures based upon the tasks that the students
are required to learn and careful monitoring of students performance (Blackhurst, 1997). This study is also relevant to help determine
some positive and negative aspects of computer use
with special needs students.
Many schools have several ways of assessing students with special needs. To many people, the term “technology” conjures up visions of computer and other related “high-tech” devices that are viewed as being very expensive and very complicated to use. Often, such perspectives focus solely on hardware and equipment and overlook the role of procedures that relate to the delivery of technology services but do not involve the use of equipment or devices. Throughout this study, the delivery of special education services and the use of technology in supporting special education will be observed and described. During this study, special needs students who use technology in their daily curriculum and those who do not will be observed and tested on their academic achievement. This study will determine the effect of computers on the academic achievement of special needs students.
I.Effects of technology on student achievement
The level of effectiveness of education is influenced by:
A. Specific student population
B. Software design
C. Educator’s Role
D. How students are grouped
E. Level of student access to technology
II. Effects of Technology on student-concept and attitude about learning
A. Recent Studies
III. Benefits of computer-based instruction
A. Standardized test scores
B. Instant feedback
Special Needs Students
Age of students
What grades will be compared
Location of study
Length of study
Academic standing of each student
This study will take place in education classrooms, which means the following ethnical concerns must be addressed:
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