Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2013
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Page No. 103 - 111

ICT in Education for Deaf Learners: Teachers’ Perspective

Authors : Norazah Mohd Nordin, Rozniza Zaharudin, Mohd Hanafi Mohd Yasin, Rosseni Din, Mohamed Amin Embi and Maimun Aqsha Lubis

Abstract: The existence of computers and the Internet were important in human’s life as it offers an entrance into the World Wide Web. The web that acts as a platform for e-Learning education is an essential technology development thus humans’ accessibility issues in Web applications are crucial. This includes the deaf learners. The objectives of this study were to investigate the levels of knowledge, usage, satisfaction and interest of the secondary school teachers (involved in the Hearing-Impaired Education Program), on computers, ICT and e-Learning for deaf learners. This study used a mix method of both qualitative and quantitative. The primary method of this research was interview whereby two teachers were being interviewed from each school, to view their opinions. All schools executing the Hearing-Impaired Education Program (total of 24) from the whole of Malaysia were the research locations therefore bringing a total of 48 teachers as the research sample which were also the research population. The interview results revealed that teachers had shown positive results in having ICT education (online) for the deaf learners, mainly for reasons like computers being deaf-friendly. Moreover, computer enhances the studentsí deaf-creativity in graphical visual of Drawing images, Web-design, 3D-animation and Multimedia purposes. Results also showed that the majority of respondents were not satisfied that deaf learners were not included in the popular computer courses in schools. The implication of the study was that ICT courses should be included in the curriculum for deaf learners. Further research on the development of computer courses which enhance deaf-creativity should be done.

How to cite this article:

Norazah Mohd Nordin, Rozniza Zaharudin, Mohd Hanafi Mohd Yasin, Rosseni Din, Mohamed Amin Embi and Maimun Aqsha Lubis, 2013. ICT in Education for Deaf Learners: Teachers’ Perspective. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 8: 103-111.

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