Teachers’ experiences of using eye gaze-controlled computers for pupils with severe motor impairments and without speech
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Special Needs Education, ISSN 0885-6257, E-ISSN 1469-591X, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
The purpose of this study is to explore teachers’ experiences of using eye gaze-controlled computers with pupils with severe disabilities. Technology to control a computer with eye gaze is a fast growing field and has promising implications for people with severe disabilities. This is a new assistive technology and a new learning situation for teachers. Using a reflective lifeworld approach, 11 teachers were interviewed twice. The essence of the phenomenon of teaching pupils who use an eye gaze-controlled computer is to understand what the pupil does with the computer and relate this to what the pupil wants to express through the computer. The pupils have emotions, wishes and knowledge that are trapped in their own bodies. The eye gaze computer creates opportunities to get a glimpse of these thoughts to others, and creates hope concerning the pupil’s future possibilities. The teacher’s responsibility to try to understand what is inside the pupil’s trapped body is a motivating factor to integrate the computer in everyday classroom activities. The results give directions for teaching and for implementation of eye gaze computers in the school system, and also suggest improvements that could be made to computers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 1-14 p.
Eye gaze computer, disabilities, assistive technology, teaching
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130566DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2016.1187878OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-130566DiVA: diva2:953132