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Designing and delivering Braille instruction for literacy

Janja Hrastovšek (2013) Designing and delivering Braille instruction for literacy. Diploma thesis.

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    This thesis presents the areas that need to be developed in order to prepare blind children to read and write in Braille. It shows basic skills that a child with blindness should acquire through a structured, methodical-didactic based approach as well as through an informal learning – an acquisition of concepts about the world around him and gaining knowledge on concepts that are associated with learning to read and to write. We`ve described the importance of early experiences in promoting sensory and psychomotor development and also the relevance of these experiences in gaining the motivation for learning to read and to write. We`ve described activities that help child develop tactile-kinesthetic sensitivity and the psychomotor activities that help child develop the appropriate movements, position and pressure of finger strength and flexibility in of the wrist. Before the beginning of learning to read and to write in Braille, child should have acquired knowledge about physical characteristic and lateralization of his body and needs to understand the concepts and spatial orientation of the micro and macro space. Child needs to be well acquainted with Braille machine – he must know its components and functions, he has to be able to insert the paper into the machine independently and press the required combination of points. Once the child has acquired and developed different functions such as: tactile-kinesthetic functions, fine motor skills, hearing and speech-language functions, an understanding of the parts of the body and space, an understanding of the concepts of the book, joined with his motivation for it, than he is ready to learn to read and to write in Braille.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: emergent literacy skills, prebraille skills, early experiences, Braille cell, Braille machine
    Number of Pages: 36
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Martina OzbičMentor
    asist. dr. Ingrid Žolgar JerkovičComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9756745)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1712
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 14:10
    Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 14:10
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1712

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