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Remote assistive technology training in Newfoundland and Labrador\u2019s rural schools: Is there a need? | Perceptions des enseignants quant au besoin de formation en technologie d\u2019assistance dans les coles rurales de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador ARTICLE

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CJLT Volume 43, Number 2, ISSN 1499-6677 e-ISSN 1499-6677 Publisher: Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

Abstract

This study examined the perceptions of teachers in rural Newfoundland (NL) about their current ability to support the use of assistive technology (AT) in their classrooms, and identified possible training needs that could be accomplished remotely. Thirty-two educators from rural areas of NL completed an online survey with a mix of closed- and open-ended questions. Five dimensions were explored for this needs assessment including: current beliefs, skills, use, comfort level, and perceptions of AT; identification of specific service needs; learning preferences; available technology; and potential barriers. Results reveal that teachers had positive attitudes about the utility and use of AT in their classrooms, yet were not fully implementing AT with their student\u2019s due to a variety of perceived barriers. The study identified a clear need for AT teacher training. Based on the results and the research, literature recommendations are made for teacher training to address the need identified by this study.Cette tude a port sur les perceptions des enseignants dans les rgions rurales de Terre-Neuve de leur capacit actuelle d\u2019appuyer l\u2019usage des technologies d\u2019assistance (TA) dans leurs classes et a cern de possibles besoins de formation que l\u2019on pourrait combler distance. Trente-deux ducateurs de rgions rurales de Terre-Neuve ont rempli un sondage en ligne comprenant un mlange de questions ouvertes et fermes. Cette valuation des besoins a explor cinq dimensions: croyances, comptences, utilisation, perceptions et degr de confort actuels quant aux TA; dtermination de besoins de services prcis; prfrences d\u2019apprentissage; technologie disponible; obstacles potentiels. Les rsultats rvlent que les enseignants avaient des attitudes positives quant l\u2019utilit et l\u2019utilisation des TA dans leurs classes, mais ne les mettaient pas entirement en \u0153uvre avec leurs lves parce qu\u2019ils percevaient une varit d\u2019obstacles. L\u2019tude a cern un besoin manifeste de formation des enseignants relativement aux TA. Selon les rsultats et la recherche, des recommandations sont avances pour que la formation des enseignants rponde au besoin cern dans cette tude.

Citation

Maich, K., Van Rhijn, T., Woods, H. & Brochu, K. (2018). Remote assistive technology training in Newfoundland and Labrador\u2019s rural schools: Is there a need? | Perceptions des enseignants quant au besoin de formation en technologie d\u2019assistance dans les coles rurales de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie, 43(2),. Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. Retrieved January 23, 2018 from .