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Use of Tactile Diagrams in Teaching Science to Visually Impaired Learners at the Upper Primary Level

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Pramila Tanwar

Department of Education in Science and Mathematics (DESM), NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110016, IN
About Pramila

The author has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry. She currently works as Assistant Professor in the Department of Education in Science and Mathematics at NCERT. She has published many academic papers in national and international journals. The author is interested in new advancements in education of differently abled children and different methods of improving present teaching methods.

 

 
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Abstract

Inclusive classrooms are a must in today’s education system so that all the students are given equal opportunities, irrespective of their abilities. Understanding science without diagrams and illustrations can be a challenging task for learners. Although Braille books are available for visually impaired students, they lack diagrams and illustrations. To address this issue, the Department of Education in Science and Mathematics (DESM), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, has brought out a tactile science book for upper primary level students. This paper aims to convey the importance of the tactile science book for students of class VI. The tactile science books were distributed to students from different inclusive schools as well as students in special schools. The students with visual impairments felt that they were able to understand science concepts easily with the aid of the tactile diagrams. The tactile science book can promote comprehensive classrooms in inclusive setups and, through diagrams and illustrations, can help students with visual impairments to increase the efficacy of their learning.

Keywords: Tactile books
How to Cite: Tanwar, P., 2019. Use of Tactile Diagrams in Teaching Science to Visually Impaired Learners at the Upper Primary Level. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 29(4), pp.109–116. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v29i4.772
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Published on 14 May 2019.

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