Inclusive computing in special needs classrooms: designing for all

Lechelt, Zuzanna, Rogers, Yvonne, Yuill, Nicola, Nagl, Lena, Ragone, Grazia and Marquardt, Nicolai (2018) Inclusive computing in special needs classrooms: designing for all. 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal QC Canada, April 21-26 2018. Published in: CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450356206

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Abstract

With a growing call for an increased emphasis on computing in school curricula, there is a need to make computing accessible to a diversity of learners. One potential approach is to extend the use of physical toolkits, which have been found to encourage collaboration, sustained engagement and effective learning in classrooms in general. However, little is known as to whether and how these benefits can be leveraged in special needs schools, where learners have a spectrum of distinct cognitive and social needs. Here, we investigate how introducing a physical toolkit can support learning about computing concepts for special education needs (SEN) students in their classroom. By tracing how the students’ interactions—both with the physical toolkit and with each other—unfolded over time, we demonstrate how the design of both the form factor and the learning tasks embedded in a physical toolkit contribute to collaboration, comprehension and engagement when learning in mixed SEN classrooms.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Digital fluency; computational thinking; physical interfaces; special needs education; computer-supported learning
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth
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Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 09:34
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 09:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76814

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