Can Optical Low Vision Devices Improve Reading Outcomes among Learners with Low Vision? A Case of Thika Primary School for theVisually Impaired, Kenya
International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Education Management | Kenya | Volume 8 Issue 11, November 2019

Can Optical Low Vision Devices Improve Reading Outcomes among Learners with Low Vision? A Case of Thika Primary School for theVisually Impaired, Kenya

Richard Rukwaro, Samuel Juma, Gideon Kibet, Dr. Jane Kiarie, John Muga, Timothy Wambua, Lydia Chege

This study sought to establish the influence of optical low vision devices on reading outcome for learners with low vision. The study adopted a quasi-experimental design in which 12 learners with low vision who use print as their main medium for reading and writing from Thika School for the visually impaired were studied for a period of 9 weeks. A comprehensive low vision assessment to establish appropriate magnification required by learners in the intervention group was conducted before issuing the optical low vision devices. Data on learners reading speed was collected by recording the number of words read correctly per minute and the number of errors made during reading. Data on learners perceived usefulness and ease of use of optical low vision devices were collected from the intervention group through interviews. Quantitative data were processed using Stata 15 while qualitative data was analyzed thematically. The findings of the study revealed that provision of appropriate optical low vision devices (OLVD) and training learners on their effective use, improve reading outcomes. This was evidenced by a significant increase in the mean reading speed of intervention group compared to control group. It was also found that the average number of reading mistakes made by intervention group was lower than the control group. The study recommends that children with low vision should be provided with optical low vision devices and trained on their effective use to improve reading outcomes hence promote access to quality education.

Keywords: reading outcome, reading speed, low vision, optical low vision devices

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 11, November 2019

Pages: 1242 - 1246

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Richard Rukwaro, Samuel Juma, Gideon Kibet, Dr. Jane Kiarie, John Muga, Timothy Wambua, Lydia Chege, "Can Optical Low Vision Devices Improve Reading Outcomes among Learners with Low Vision? A Case of Thika Primary School for theVisually Impaired, Kenya", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/search_index_results_paperid.php?id=ART20202637, Volume 8 Issue 11, November 2019, 1242 - 1246

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