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Study on Special Education Teachers' Understanding and Use of AAC

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2014, 15(1), pp.249-280
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Kyung Yang Kim 1 구민관 2

1이화여자대학교
2University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

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ABSTRACT

The purposes of this study were to investigate special education teachers' understanding and use of AAC and correlation between the understanding and use of AAC. Special education teachers working at special schools in Busan were asked for surveys, and 118 survey questionnaires were collected. After collecting survey questionnaires, factor analysis and reliability analysis were conducted, and also One-Way ANOVA, correlation, and linear regression analysis were conducted. Results of the study consisted of four parts: ⒜ the teacher understands of AAC, ⒝ the teacher use of AAC, ⒞ the gap of between understanding and use of AAC according to the background factors, ⒟ the correlation between understanding and use of AAC. According to the results, this study discussed eight suggestions for two main issues. At first, the three educational suggestions were as follow: ⒜ universally using in classrooms, ⒝ expanding of AAC users, ⒞ meeting the individualized needs of students by using AAC with multiple-model. At second, the five political suggestions were as follows: ⒜ it is needed to provide teacher preparation programs with more courses about using AAC, ⒝ developing systematic AAC diagnostic service, ⒞ developing the foundation of AAC services delivery model, ⒟ using the teacher annual re-education programs and online-education for AAC training, ⒠ developing Korean-style AAC symbols. Finally the limitation and future recommendation of this study were discussed.

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