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Title: An exploration and development of teaching resources to better include students with visual impairment in science and mathematics classes in South-Western Nigeria : an action research study
Author: Adelakun, Sariat Ajibola
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 5660
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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The study was concerned with access to science and mathematics curricula by students with visual impairment (SVI) in South-Western Nigeria. The main study adopted an action research approach. Six initial stakeholder ‘search conferences’ were organised to understand the nature and extent of the problem. They revealed evidence of inadequate accessibility to science and mathematics education by SVI due to unavailable resources and personnel. This led to the development of teaching resources and approaches (‘STEM Kit’ and the use of ‘Talking LabQuest’) and the trialling of these approaches in two selected study schools. Data were collected through classroom observation and teacher and student interviews. Findings show that the approaches enabled access of SVI to science and mathematics at a comparable level with their sighted peers, which brought about immersion in, and engagement with learning. With the multisensory teaching resources, SVI and classroom sighted teachers learn and teach with reduced specialist teacher involvement. The intervention positively challenged local views and practice regarding curriculum access and SVI and offers examples for improved provision of relevant resources and training for staff to better support SVI independence and inclusion. This study showcases the uniqueness of action research in empowering all participants to bring about change.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Nigerian Government
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: L Education (General) ; LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools ; LC Special aspects of education ; LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa) ; Q Science (General) ; QA Mathematics