Information and communication technologies based teaching methodologies for Peruvian children with down syndrome

Josué Villasante, Stefanny Poma, Juan Gutierrez-Cardenas, Nadia Rodriguez-Rodriguez

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    Abstract

    Learning disabilities are found in people that experience difficulties in the acquisition of basic intellectual skills, which are fundamental to succeeding at school, work or in life in general. An example of a learning disability is Down Syndrome (DS). Children with DS are usually unable to follow the traditional educational systems. As a result, these children need tailored methods and techniques that adapt to their learning styles. Therefore, new educational tools are being developed that allow Down Syndrome Children (DSC) to sharpen their intellectual capacities in a better way. In this research, we implemented and modified two literature-based mobile tools that could aid in acquiring mathematics and linguistic skills oriented towards DSC. We performed a quasi-experimentation to test the improvements in mathematics and language skills in a group of children with DS. Moreover, we found that measuring the response time of children with disabilities is a complex task; and the continuous assistance from a tutor was also found to be necessary. Despite the difficulties encountered, such as distraction from the children because of being curious to interact with a technological tool, the results show that it is possible to increment the mathematical and language skills in a group of DSC by using an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based tool in contrast with a classical teaching methodology without ICT tools.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 11th International Conference on Education Technology and Computers, ICETC 2019
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages12-17
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450372541
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 28 Oct 2019
    Event11th International Conference on Education Technology and Computers, ICETC 2019 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 28 Oct 201931 Oct 2019

    Publication series

    NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Conference

    Conference11th International Conference on Education Technology and Computers, ICETC 2019
    CountryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period28/10/1931/10/19

    Keywords

    • Communication skills
    • Down syndrome children
    • Mathematics skills
    • Teaching methodologies

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    Villasante, J., Poma, S., Gutierrez-Cardenas, J., & Rodriguez-Rodriguez, N. (2019). Information and communication technologies based teaching methodologies for Peruvian children with down syndrome. In Proceedings of the 2019 11th International Conference on Education Technology and Computers, ICETC 2019 (pp. 12-17). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3369255.3369270