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Adaptation of techniques and technology teaching to pupils with learning difficulties

Jona Zalar (2018) Adaptation of techniques and technology teaching to pupils with learning difficulties. MSc thesis.

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    In this master thesis we researched the working methods used in the Design and Technology classes for students with learning difficulties. In the theoretical part, we provided the definition for the term »learning difficulties s« as well as presented the division into general and specific learning difficulties. Different aid measures that can be provided for such students are also included. We were mostly interested in the adaptation of the working methods for the Design and Technology classes, especially for their practical part. Good practices from abroad served as a starting point for our research. The purpose of our work was to find out what types of adaptations are available for students with learning difficulties in Slovenia when attending the Design and Technology classes, as well as how successful the teachers think themselves to be in their dealings with such students. A questionnaire titled »How efficient am I« was distributed among the students with learning difficulties, which provided us with the information about the students' evaluation of their own skills. Information regarding different types of adaptations and the assessment of the competence of the Design and Technology teachers for working with students with learning difficulties was obtained with the help of a questionnaire for the teachers. We observed and evaluated the direct experience of the activity of the students with learning difficulties at the Mladi Tehniki competition, where students participated in the practical work in the area of design. We found out that the teachers mostly adapt the classes with an additional explanation. This explanation is often further supported by pictures or videos, which allow for an easier memorization of the more difficult content. The practical work is always conducted with the help of demonstrations and with a model. With the help of the questionnaire for the students, we found out that the students' self-efficiency is very important for success. Teachers can help boost self-efficiency by encouraging the students with positive words. While observing the practical work of the students, we realized they don't have any major difficulties. We observed some problems when it came to the fine motor skills and staying concentrated on the work. The findings of this master thesis will help the teachers of Design and Technology when adapting their lessons for the students who have learning difficulties, with the hope of reaching the educational objectives.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Design and Technology, students with learning difficulties, self-efficiency, adapted teaching
    Number of Pages: 85
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stanislav AvsecMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/12122441
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5308
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 13:07
    Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 13:07
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5308

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