Transforming teaching: Implementing mobile technology learning strategies in serving students with visual impairments

dc.contributor.committeeChairPogrund, Rona
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGriffin-Shirley, Nora
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSmith, Derrick W.
dc.creatorMason, Tara
dc.date.available2014-06-26T20:42:58Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation study used a sequential mixed methods research design that explored the issues related to teacher professional development in the field of visual impairment regarding the use of iPads with students with visual impairments. The study surveyed participant teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs; N = 371) regarding their knowledge, skills, and self- efficacy related to using iPads with students who have visual impairments. A smaller group (N = 30) of participants was selected to participate in an intervention. The intervention was a learning module about using iPads with students who have visual impairments hosted on iTunes U accessed on each teacher’s iPad. The participants in the intervention were asked to answer survey questions and submit case study assignments from the learning module. Teacher growth was summarized using a researched model for defining technology integration from novice iPad users to transformative iPad users. The study used quantitative methods to present mean data regarding iPad knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy and used qualitative surveys and open ended questions to offer thematic categories that tell a richer story of technology use with these students. From these data, significant findings were related to the areas of participant age, region in the United States, and service delivery model. Participants who completed the iPad learning module, TiP for TVIs, showed significant progress in the areas of iPad knowledge, skills, and self-advocacy for iPads with students. Finally, the research project made recommendations for future research and teacher professional development related to technology being used by students who have visual impairments.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/58671
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectiPads
dc.subjectStudents who are blind
dc.subjectVisually impaired and/or multiply-impaired
dc.subjectHigh-technology
dc.subjectTeachers of students with visual impairments
dc.subjectProfessional development
dc.subjectAssistive technology
dc.titleTransforming teaching: Implementing mobile technology learning strategies in serving students with visual impairments
dc.typeDissertation
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Psychology and Leadership
thesis.degree.disciplineSpecial Education
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Education

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