Effects of Technology on Special Education Research Paper by Nicky

Effects of Technology on Special Education
In-depth research into the advantages and uses of web-based learning for special needs students.
# 128605 | 9,999 words | 27 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This research paper seeks to focus on how the use of technologies to assist in the teaching of special education elementary school children presents unique challenges, and illustrates how the creative use of Web-based learning systems can accelerate and support the long-term retention of concepts with these specific students. The paper also aims to demonstrate how this can be accomplished through the use of a variety of teaching techniques. The paper explains that despite the potential benefits of using technology-based training, there is a lack of adoption of Web-based training materials, websites, and strategies specifically focused on individualized learning plans including scaffolding. The paper asserts that reliance on traditional forms of didactic teaching have continued to falter and not fully take into account the specific needs of these children. Finally, the paper presents specific recommendations for transforming purely didactic and often statically-defined study programs into more tailored and customized ones that compensate for individual student strengths and weaknesses.

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Background and Statement of the Problem
Purpose and Research Questions
Context of the Action Research Study
Chapter 2 - Review of the Literature
Student Performance
Student Attitude
Student Satisfaction
Disadvantages of Web-based Learning To Supplement In-Class Teaching
Advantages of Web-Based Learning To Supplement In-Class Teaching
Disadvantages of Web-Based Learning To Supplement In-Class Teaching
Conceptual Holes, Problems and Needs
Implications for Practice
Rationale for Action Research Question and Study Design
Chapter 3 - Research Designs
Action Research Plan
Data Gathering Methods and Procedures
Ethical Considerations
Chapter 4 - Data Analysis and Discussion
Chapter 5 - Summary and Conclusion
Implications for Teaching Practice
Implications for Further Research

From the Paper:

"There is a coverage area not specifically addressed by the research studies cited, specifically in the area of elementary school special education students. This lack of coverage has been thoroughly researched as is shown by the Literature Review of this Action Research paper. What remains specifically to be done is quantify the impact of Web-based learning and in-class learning as a hybrid strategy for getting elementary school special education students to improve their math and statistics scores through the use of Java-based applets online. From the existing research on Web-based instruction performance where Java Applets are used for teaching the fundamental concepts of mathematics and statistics to elementary school special education students, the research infers that scaffolding strategies (Najjar, 2008) are effectively used for tailoring individual learning plans for these students. Scaffolding has proven very effective as a framework specifically for teaching high school, university and post-graduate students more complex concepts through the use of graphically based learning aids including Java applets. It is the contention of this Action Research paper that the concepts as defined by the thorough literature review completed that the same dynamics of how people learn later in their academic careers can also be applied to elementary school special education students."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Al-Jarf, A. & Sado, R. (2002). Effect of online learning on struggling ESL college writers. San Antonio, TX: National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 475 920).
  • Anthony Basile, Jill M D'Aquila. (2002). An experimental analysis of computer-mediated instruction and student attitudes in a principles of financial accounting course. Journal of Education for Business, 77(3), 137-143. Retrieved November 17, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 115217377).
  • Carey, J. (2001). Effective student outcomes: A comparison of online and face-to-face delivery modes. Retrieved November 14, 2008, from http://www.ed.psu.edu/acsde/deos/deosnews/deosnews11_9.asp
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