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Title: The role of technology for children with learning difficulties : a study
Authors: Camilleri, Daniel
Keywords: Learning disabled children -- Education -- Malta
Computer-assisted instruction -- Malta
Inclusive education -- Malta
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Camilleri, D. (2018). The role of technology for children with learning difficulties: a study (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Over the past few years, technology has brought profound changes in today’s educational system. Technology has revolutionized how students engage in various school activities and have enhanced participation amongst all students, irrespective of their learning abilities. For some time, students with learning difficulties have been subject to unequal opportunities in education, however, the accelerated increase in technology has brought new opportunities for them to become successful learners, more independent as well as achieving a better quality life. Such technology is known as Assistive Technology (AT), and unlike other settings in the US and other countries, little research exists regarding the effectiveness of AT in the Maltese school setting. The aim of this research study is to discover the roles of AT for students with learning difficulties and to obtain better insights into the situation in Malta on how AT is being used and its effects on students with an age range from three to sixteen years old,. A qualitative approach was taken to gather data and conduct the study. A total of sixteen Learning Support Assistants (LSAs), coming from two different schools, were interviewed to gather insights in greater depth about their knowledge on AT, whether they use AT with their students and the limitations that may hinder them from using such a technology. The research conducted in primary and secondary schools showed that the use of assistive technology is minimal due to lack of training received on the subject. The research has shown that training courses received by LSAs lacked hands-on training and as a result their preparedness and confidence on the subject is low. In addition, research has shown that assistive technology plays a critical role to increase inclusiveness amongst students.
Description: B.SC.BUS.&I.T.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEma - 2018
Dissertations - FacEMAMAn - 2018

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