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Examining Emotional Responses To Effective Versus Ineffective Virtual Buddies, Kathleen Ingraham Jan 2014

Examining Emotional Responses To Effective Versus Ineffective Virtual Buddies, Kathleen Ingraham

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The purpose of this research study was to explore the impact of virtual character design on user emotional experience and user behavior in a simulated environment. With simulation training increasing in popularity as a tool for teaching social skills, it is essential that social interactions in virtual environments provide authentic opportunities for practice (Swartout et al., 2006). This study used Interactive Performance Theory (Wirth, 2012) to examine the effect of designing a virtual buddy character with ineffective traits instead of effective or expert traits. The sample population for this study (n = 145) consisted of first year university students enrolled …


Effects Of A Mathematics Graphic Organizer And Virtual Video Modeling On The Word Problem Solving Abilities Of Students With Disabilities, Lauren Delisio Jan 2014

Effects Of A Mathematics Graphic Organizer And Virtual Video Modeling On The Word Problem Solving Abilities Of Students With Disabilities, Lauren Delisio

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Over the last decade, the inclusion of students with disabilities (SWD) in the general education classroom has increased. Currently, 60% of SWD spend 80% or more of their school day in the general education classroom (U.S. Department of Education, 2013). This includes students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a developmental disability characterized by impairments in behavior, language, and social skills (American Psychological Association, 2013). Many of these SWD struggle with mathematics in the elementary grades; fewer than 20% of SWD are proficient in mathematics when they begin middle school, compared to 45% of their peers without disabilities. Furthermore, 83% of …