Okolo, C., & Diedrich, J. (2014). Twenty-five years later: How is technology used in the education of students with disabilities? Results of a statewide study. Journal of Special Education Technology, 29(1),
The researchers (from Michigan State University and Michigan Integrated Technology Supports) report results of 1143 of their state’s educators who complete a survey about their use of technology in their personal and professional lives and in the instruction of students with disabilities. The survey responses reflect that the professionals use it for themselves more than student instruction.
“Scores on measures of self-reported knowledge and perceived support vary significantly among different categories of respondents and are only moderate for special educators and low for general educators. Nevertheless, educators express interest in further professional development about AT. The need for additional professional development, along with better access to technology and more funding, are perceived as top barriers to more widespread AT use. Other findings include a lack of knowledge about how technology is used by students in and out of school and the low rate of participation of general educators, students, and parents in AT decisions.”
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