Integration of assistive technology in teaching learners with special educational needs and disabilities in the Philippines
1 College of Education, Mindanao State University, General Santos City, PHILIPPINES* Corresponding Author
International Journal of Professional Development, Learners and Learning, 5(1), 2023, ep2308, https://doi.org/10.30935/ijpdll/13062
Published: 11 March 2023
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This study examined the integration of assistive technology (AT) in teaching learners with special educational needs (LSENs) in selected schools in the Philippines. This aimed to determine the assistive technologies utilized in teaching the special education (SPED) learners. The research also examined the perceptions, challenges, and support mechanism in the integration of technology among SPED teachers. Key informant interviews or in-depth interviews were conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic to 12 SPED teachers handling learners with special needs. The findings of the study revealed that the available assistive technologies are interactive multimedia and conventional technology. Educational apps and high-tech tools are also used but of limited number. As SPED teachers who are teaching LSENs use AT, they find it useful as a reinforcement to learning, provides satisfaction in teaching, and brings motivational impact to learners. However, this somehow leads to fixation of learners to technology. Inadequacy of resources, learners’ misbehavior during instruction, technological problems and poor mastery of skills are the identified challenges of SPED teachers. Financial, emotional, administrative, instructional and moral support are needed as a support mechanism. The study recommends for SPED schools to provide relevant trainings to SPED teachers on how to deal with the difficulties to meet the special needs of the learners.
Campado, R. J., Toquero, C. M. D., & Ulanday, D. M. (2023). Integration of assistive technology in teaching learners with special educational needs and disabilities in the Philippines. International Journal of Professional Development, Learners and Learning, 5(1), ep2308. https://doi.org/10.30935/ijpdll/13062
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