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Academic attainment in visually impaired students in distance education

Richardson, John T. E. (2015). Academic attainment in visually impaired students in distance education. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 33(2) pp. 126–137.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619615576584
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Abstract

This investigation studied attainment in visually impaired students taking modules by distance learning with the Open University in 2012. Students with visual impairment alone were less likely to complete their modules and less likely to pass the modules that they had completed than nondisabled students, but they were just as likely to obtain good grades on the modules that they had passed. Students with visual impairment plus additional disabilities were less likely to complete their modules, less likely to pass the modules that they had completed, and less likely to obtain good grades on the modules that they had passed than non-disabled students. These findings are in contrast to those of earlier studies, which suggested that visual impairment had little or no impact upon attainment in higher education. The disparity is attributed to a student population which is nowadays much more diverse both in its abilities and in its disabilities.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1744-5809
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: academic attainment; distance education; higher education; visual impairment
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 42666
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 14:19
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42666
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