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    Assistive technologies, educational engagement and psychosocial outcomes among students with disabilities in higher education


    McNicholl, Aoife and Desmond, Deirdre and Gallagher, Pamela (2020) Assistive technologies, educational engagement and psychosocial outcomes among students with disabilities in higher education. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1748-3107

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    Abstract

    PURPOSE: Increasing numbers of students with disabilities are accessing higher education each year, yet little is known about their assistive technology (AT) needs and its influence on relevant outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine met/unmet AT needs on educational engagement, academic self-efficacy and well-being and the impact of AT use in the areas of competence, adaptability and self-esteem for students with disabilities in higher education in Ireland. METHODS: One hundred and eleven students with disabilities completed a cross-sectional online survey comprising the College Learning Effectiveness Inventory, the Student Course Engagement Questionnaire, the Self-Efficacy for Learning Form Abridged, the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale, and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale. RESULTS: AT use was found to have a positive psychosocial impact in the areas of competence, adaptability and self-esteem. Those whose AT needs were fully met scored significantly higher on academic self-efficacy, well-being, and on 4 of the 10 educational engagement subscales compared to those who had unmet AT needs. Met/unmet AT needs were not predictive of educational engagement. CONCLUSION: These findings highlight the importance of AT from both educational engagement and psychosocial perspectives for students with a wide variety of disability diagnoses. The wide-reaching benefits of AT must be considered by governmental departments when making funding allocations to disability services within higher education institutions.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This work was supported by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (Project ID GOIPG/2019/2471). Cite as: Aoife McNicholl, Deirdre Desmond & Pamela Gallagher (2020) Assistive technologies, educational engagement and psychosocial outcomes among students with disabilities in higher education, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2020.1854874
    Keywords: Assistive technology; educational engagement; academic self-efficacy; wellbeing; quality of life; higher education; disability;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15410
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1854874
    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 16:37
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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