Facilitating Greek young learners with Asperger syndrome into the mainstream EAL (English as an Additional Language) classroom through the use of Interactive Whiteboard Technologies

Sagia, Sophia (2015) Facilitating Greek young learners with Asperger syndrome into the mainstream EAL (English as an Additional Language) classroom through the use of Interactive Whiteboard Technologies. Practice and Research in Education (2).

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Abstract

as an additional barrier to their successful integration in the mainstream education, robbing them of one more learning opportunity in comparison to their peers. Their abilities have often been overlooked or underestimated and their needs have been given low priority. However, on the basis of their cognitive abilities children with Asperger syndrome are attractive candidates for inclusive education although some teachers still express their concern. Obstacles to participation reside mainly in the school environment and such barriers can be eliminated as new technology seems to offer exciting opportunities to that end, IWBs being one of them. Recent literature has indicated a plethora of ways to support children’s learning through the use of the IWB. This study explores ways to facilitate the learning and inclusion of students with Asperger syndrome in EAL through the use of the IWB. The research took place in a language school in Greece and a case study approach was employed with naturalistic observations and semi-structured interviews so as to investigate how the IWB as a teaching and learning tool enhanced the teacher’s pedagogical practices and allowed her to meet the specific needs of the two participants. Findings suggest that new technologies offer new answers on dealing with barriers for children’s participation in education and social life but also that inclusion is inherently dependent on the teachers’ perception of technology as a facilitating factor, on their attitudes towards children’s with AS needs, in-service training and on the provision of sufficient resources. The case study also reports on various strategies that can potentially help students with AS meet their learning objectives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ASD (autism spectrum disorders), AS (Asperger syndrome), EAL (English as an Additional Language), IWB (interactive whiteboard), inclusion
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
University Publications > Research > Practice & Research in Education
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 15:21
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 09:09
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/997

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