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Journal of Assistive Technologies

ISSN: 1754-9450

Online from: 2007

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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ICT and inclusive education in primary schools - pupils with motor disabilities


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Title:ICT and inclusive education in primary schools - pupils with motor disabilities
Author(s):Jane Brodin, (Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden), Peg Lindstrand, (Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden)
Citation:Jane Brodin, Peg Lindstrand, (2008) "ICT and inclusive education in primary schools - pupils with motor disabilities", Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 2 Iss: 3, pp.16 - 23
Keywords:Children with motor disabilities, Computers, ICT, Inclusion, Inclusive education, Integration
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/17549450200800022 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:This paper is based on a study aimed at ascertaining whether information and communication technology (ICT) can be used as an integrating link for children with motor disabilities in primary school. The study includes an introductory questionnaire with parents of 16 children and observations in the classrooms of five pupils attending a school in a small town in Sweden. In this article inclusion is exemplified with one of these pupils. The results of this study show agreement with other research that the computer, which often symbolises the whole ICT field, is used as a pedagogical tool for learning at school. However, it is difficult to see whether ICT is used in a way that enhances inclusion, an overall goal for many people with disabilities in today's society. One reason for this is the school's strong focus on learning, another that limited efforts have been put into communication and collaborative work between the pupils.



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