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Open Access Dissertation

Keywords

Automatics speech recognition; Self-help devices for people with disabilities; College students; Community college students;

Abstract

This study examined the utilization of speech recognition programs by five college students with learning difficulties. A qualitative approach was implemented over the course of two semesters, Fall 2003 and Spring 2004, to: (a) ascertain students' perspectives on speech recognition, and (b) understand how students used speech recognition programs as a tool to meet the academic demands of postsecondary education. Data collection for this study included interviews, participant observations, field notes, videotape, and course assignments. This study provided qualitative data regarding an assistive technology tool that has traditionally been studied within a quantitative paradigm. Environment, individual characteristics, and life demands were found to impact student use of their speech recognition program. Implications for users, educational professionals, and researchers are presented in the final chapter of this paper.

Year of Submission

2006

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department

Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Sandra Alper, Chair

Date Original

5-2006

Object Description

1 PDF file (xi, 233 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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