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Development of interactive educational material on Written Language Disorders to guide elementary school teachers

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Thaís dos Santos Gonçalves
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Bauru.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru (FOB/SDB)
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Examining board members:
Patricia Abreu Pinheiro Crenitte; Magali de Lourdes Caldana; Chao Lung Wen
Advisor: Patricia Abreu Pinheiro Crenitte

Teachers in elementary school must be prepared to deal with students who have difficulty in learning written language, while there are few institutions offering courses to improve this knowledge in many areas of the country, thus, there is a great need for investment in teachers continuing education, due their important role especially in early literacy, making early identification of learning disorders. General Objective: To develop an interactive educational material to inform elementary school teachers, through distance self-orientation, about the Learning Disorders, available on CD-ROM. Specific Objectives: To conduct a survey of knowledge and interests of teachers about the theme; to check the contribution of the prepared material for the acquirement of expected competences and evaluate the CD-ROM about the technical aspects (presentation, navigation features, images, clearly text). Method: A questionnaire was idealized and developed to focus the knowledge of teachers, raising the relevant points regarding their doubts and concerns about the topic. This questionnaire was submitted to 31 elementary school teachers, and participated 20 public school teachers and 11 teachers. Through the answers provided by participating teachers, the theoretical content about the subject was constructed, and a technical team was contracted to produce the CD-ROM. The expected competences and the technical aspects of interactive multimedia material were evaluated by two key teachers, through the application of specific questionnaires. Results: The results showed that teachers have several needs in their conceptual repertoire regarding Learning Disorders, and yet, this fact demonstrates the need to address these concepts in teachers continuing education. The CD-ROM \"Main disorders related to learning of Reading and Writing: Electronic Manual for Teachers\" was prepared in accordance with questions, suggestions and curiosities of the teachers, enabling the use of CD-ROM (an interactive multimedia material) for the continuing education of elementary school teachers. The technical aspects obtained positive evaluation. Conclusion: The educational materials developed reached the proposed objectives, and thus, provides the expected competencies for the teacher, and also, on future prospects, can be used for structuring forums, chats, blogs and cybertutor, favoring experiences exchange. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/08942-7 - Elaboration and use of CD-ROMs as tool of distance education for orientation of elementary school teachers about the written language disturbs
Grantee:Thaís dos Santos Gonçalves
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master