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Disability in the perception of technology among university students

Zubillaga-del-R??o A, Alba-Pastor C ...see all

Comunicar, vol. 20, issue 40 (2013) pp. 165-172

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Abstract

There is a widespread discourse across academic and scientific literature extolling the benefits of technology as an element of the educational process for people with disabilities that is based on many assumptions and implicit claims related to the «education, disability and technology» triangle. Although these assumptions and claims have a rationale, too often they have been considered valid, and therefore guide educational practice, without having previously undergone any process of scientific research that supports and justifies them. In this context, and in order to analyse one of these theoretical premises, this study aims to establish, firstly, whether the disability is involved in the process of giving meaning to technology and, secondly, to what extent the impact of disability is a differentiating factor in the perception and use of technology as an educational element. After gathering data from questionnaires completed by university students (28 with disabilities and 109 without), the results allowed us to establish two main conclusions. The first one shows that the most valuable dimension of technology as a teaching tool is its use as a tool for curriculum access and participation. As for the second, related to the perception of accessibility issues, it paradoxically revealed that students with disabilities find the use of technology easier than their peers without disabilities. (English) [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Author-supplied keywords

  • Accessibiity
  • Disability
  • Educational research
  • Students
  • Technology
  • University

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Authors

  • Ainara Zubillaga-del-R??o

  • Carmen Alba-Pastor

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