Educational E-book For Children With and Without Developmental Disorders.

Pistoljevic, N. and Hulusic, V., 2018. Educational E-book For Children With and Without Developmental Disorders. Journal of Computers in Education, 2018 (17 November), pp. 1-25.

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DOI: 10.1007/s40692-018-0126-9

Abstract

In the last decade, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence rate has signifcantly increased, which consequently led to the expansion of research and expenditure in the feld,predominantly focusing on searching for the cause. In a typical classroom scenario, working with children with ASD very often requires 1:1 teacher to child ratio, which makes it very expensive and difcult to implement. Serious games have been utilised as a medium for teaching various developmental skills, such as social interaction, speech, motor skills development, emotion recognition, and other basic concepts. Designing serious games for ASD population difers from other games and even other serious games signifcantly. It requires a holistic approach with extensive knowledge and expertise from felds other than computer science, such as psychology, sociology and cognitive science. However, once harnessed correctly, such games can be used by children with ASD on their own time, with or without supervision and they can be educational. In addition, they can adjust the appropriate pace while at the same time providing feedback in form of reinforcement and correction. Applying the rules of science of learning and teaching, one can design games that are educational for all types of learners, including children with ASD. In this paper, two independent user studies have been conducted, demonstrating how serious gaming and e-learning principles can be harnessed in order to intervene, develop or strengthen pivotal developmental skills, like learning novel vocabulary, counting, identifying numbers and colours, and responding to inference questions. We have tested the educational e-book with children diagnosed with ASD and with typically developing children to assess skill acquisition in native language for children with ASD and in English, a foreign language, for typically developing children to demonstrate the educational aspect of the game for all types of learners. We showed that the same e-book in two languages can be used for teaching diferent types of learners through a fun and engaging medium.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2197-9987
Additional Information:An Official Journal of Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:Developmental Disorder; Autism; Education; E-book; Children
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:31478
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Nov 2018 11:56
Last Modified:21 Nov 2018 11:59

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