Assistive Technology and Preservice Preparation
Friday, March 11 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Bellmeade
Abstract: Assistive technology (AT) is described as low or high-tech tools that provide individuals with disabilities supports in learning, communication, or behavior. While AT has noted positive impacts, it is also important to know how to best prepare preservice special education teachers for AT use. Special education teachers play a large role in AT, ranging from identifying that a student may benefit from AT to supporting classroom use. Yet, little is known about how to best prepare teachers. If not prepared to use AT, their future students may not be able to benefit fully from AT, impacting learning. Therefore, this research explored the research-base on AT preparation through a systematic literature search from 1988 to 2010. Only nine researched-based articles exist in AT preparation, largely using case studies. Results from the included studies and research from other fields in education are used to suggest implications for preservice AT preparation.