Description of Research Report: The Efficacy of Haptic Simulations to Teach Students with Visual Impairments About Temperature and Pressure
Traditional science instruction is typically reliant on visual modes of learning, such as textbooks and graphs. Furthermore, since science instruction is often heavily dependent upon visual cues, students with visual impairment often do not have access to the same educational opportunities in most science classes (Jones, Minogue, Oppewal, Cook, & Broadwell, 2006). However, advancements in tactile technology (haptics) are allowing individuals with visual impairments to discover science concepts in revolutionary ways. Haptic feedback devices allow users to experience computer simulations through tactile sensations. Students with visual impairments in science classrooms can now use haptic devices to “feel” objects and processes in science, such as exploring an animal cell's organelles (Jones et al., 2004).