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Academic Engagement of Students with Visual Impairments in General Education Language Arts Classrooms

Title: Academic Engagement of Students with Visual Impairments in General Education Language Arts Classrooms.
Name(s): Bardin, Julie A., author
Lewis, Sandra, professor directing dissertation
Schatschneider, Chris, outside committee member
Al Otaiba, Stephanie Dent, committee member
Correa-Torres, Silvia M., committee member
Delano, Monica, committee member
Department of Childhood Education, Reading and Disability Services, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Students with visual impairments have been documented to have lower achievement indicators (standardized test scores, employment rates, and post-secondary completion) rates than students without disabilities. The nature of visual impairment, especially blindness, results in differences in the ability of these students to access the general education environment which may result in lower levels of academic engagement. Fifteen triads comprised of one student in each group (low achieving, average achieving, and visually impaired) were observed during language arts. Observation data were collected using the Engagement Observation Tool and through general educators' completion of the Student Participation Questionnaire. Observational findings indicated no differences among the groups except in the area of teacher interactions. Survey results indicated that students with visual impairments were rated similarly to low achieving classmates.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1057 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Childhood Education, Reading, and Disability Services in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: June 19, 2006.
Keywords: Visual Impairment, Blind, Academic Engagement, Language Arts, Braille
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Sandra Lewis, Professor Directing Dissertation; Chris Schatschneider, Outside Committee Member; Stephanie Dent Al Otaiba, Committee Member; Silvia M. Correa-Torres, Committee Member; Monica Delano, Committee Member.
Subject(s): People with disabilities -- Education
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