The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.
Chapter 34: New Machines and New Agendas: The Changing Nature of Special Education Technology Research
New Machines and New Agendas: The Changing Nature of Special Education Technology Research
A seemingly obvious focus of educational technology research is instruction and learning. For decades, researchers have asked questions such as, ‘Can technology be used to help students master basic skills? Do computer simulations improve problem solving? Will word processors, by themselves, yield better writing?’ While the learning focus certainly holds for special education research as well, it should be noted from the onset that there has also been a substantive amount of work in the administrative and assistive uses of technology. Special education laws in the United States, for example, require elaborate procedures for diagnostic procedures, criteria for qualifying students for ...