An evaluation of the efficacy of training people with learning disabilities in a virtual environment
|Authors:||Brouwers, E. P. M., Tiemens, B. G., Terluin, B., & Verhaak, P. F. M.|
|Publication||Disability and Rehabilitation|
The majority of people with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom do not get the opportunity to work because they are often denied appropriate vocational training.
To evaluate the efficacy of using a virtual kitchen for vocational training of people with learning disabilities.
The settings were schools for training in catering for individuals with disabilities in the United Kingdom.
The sample size included 24 catering students with learning disabilities.
Pre-test, post-test, and improvement scores were collected.
Students were their own controls.
Virtual training was found to be as beneficial as really training and more beneficial than workbook training.
Vocational students with learning disabilities were able to use the virtual environment and were motivated to learn using this training method. Depending on the task being trained, virtual training had a more beneficial effect on real task performance than workbook training, even when the virtual kitchen was not modeled on the real training kitchen. (p. 622)
|Disabilities||Specific learning disabilities|
|Populations||Male & Female|
|Research Design||Single group|