Little research has focused on the implementation of iPad practices in real contexts and the identification of relevant challenges and enablers. This work explored practices relating to using iPads for autistic pupils’ social communication (SC) and emotional regulation (ER) based on key stakeholders’ perspectives. It employed two case studies undertaken in two primary schools located in the United Kingdom’s West Midlands. The data were gathered by interviewing practitioners and parents and analyzing the schools’ computing policies. The outcomes varied from iPads being used as multimodal learning tools, to teachers focusing on SC and ER, and parents mainly on recreation and ER. The findings were evaluated using Abbott’s concept of e-inclusion (2007), considering the impact of the relationship between technology, individuals and context on iPad use in situ. Issues are highlighted around pedagogy and teaching methods, offering insights into what drives teachers to make decisions regarding technology use.
Författare: Alexia Achtypi, Karen K. Guldberg och Despina Papoudi