Technologies for Inclusive Education: Beyond Traditional Integration Approaches
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Technologies for Inclusive Education: Beyond Traditional Integration Approaches

David Griol Barres (Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain), Zoraida Callejas Carrión (University of Granada, Spain) and Ramón López-Cózar Delgado (University of Granada, Spain)
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Release Date: November, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 393
ISBN13: 9781466625303|ISBN10: 1466625309|EISBN13: 9781466625310|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2530-3


By providing students with the opportunities to receive a high quality education regardless of their social or cultural background, inclusive education is a new area that goes beyond traditional integration approaches. These approaches hope to provide the educative system with the ability to adapt to the diversity of its students.

Technologies for Inclusive Education: Beyond Traditional Integration Approaches introduces the basic concepts, current research guidelines and future perspectives on the current state of these approaches. This book aims to make inclusive education a reality in the future by highlighting technological advances in applied e-learning, cognitive learning and education multimedia. Novel approaches to human-computer interaction are essential to make these contents available for every student regardless of their disabilities and learning styles.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational Applications
  • Educative Multimedia
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Inclusive Education
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Speech Technologies
  • Virtual and E-Learning Environments

Reviews and Testimonials

For graduate students and researchers, Barres (Carlos III U. of Madrid, Spain) et al. compile 15 articles by computer scientists and engineers, educators, and others from Europe, India, Mexico, and Japan, who consider the use of technology in inclusive education. They address the potential of multimodal interfaces to facilitate universal access to learning content, including multimodal conversational interfaces, the PreLingua tool for voice therapy, interactive teaching agents that process non-verbal input modalities such as eye-gaze and facial expression, and embodied conversational agents in interactive applications for children with special needs; the possibilities of virtual worlds in lifelong learning and middle school; and approaches to user modeling, including adapted human-computer interaction, adjusting speech-based interfaces to language disorders associated with intellectual disabilities, and a user model compiled using emotional parameters in game-based learning as related to student performance and motivation. Subsequent sections cover content adapted to users with special needs, such as digital educational objects, communication aids, and an automatic grading tool adapted to the language skills of students, and devices and simulators like mobile devices for disabled and non-native users, remote response devices used in university teaching, and the use of simulators to explain abstract concepts.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

The book illustrates how to use these new technologies to enhance teaching and learning to every student regardless of their learning style or disabilities. [...] It will be useful for school administrators and teachers looking to use innovative technologies in teaching a wide range of learners, including learning disabled, non-English speakers, and those with nontraditional learning behaviors.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

David Griol Barres obtained his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of València (Spain) in 2007. He has also a B.S. in Telecommunication Science from this University. He is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain). His research activities are mostly related to the development of statistical methodologies for the design of spoken dialogue systems. His research interests include dialogue management/optimization/simulation, corpus-based methodologies, user modeling, adaptation and evaluation of spoken dialogue systems, and machine learning approaches.
Zoraida Callejas Carrión is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Computer Systems at the Technical School of Computer Science and Telecommunications University of Granada (Spain). She completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Granada in 2008 and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Ulster (Belfast, UK), Technical University of Liberec (Liberec, Czech Republic) University of Trento (Trento, Italy), and Technical University of Berlin (Berlin, Germany). Her research activities have been mostly related to speech technologies. She has participated in numerous research projects, and is a member of several research associations focused on speech processing and human-computer interaction.
Ramón López-Cózar Delgado is a professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Telecommunications at the University of Granada (Spain). His main research interests include spoken and multimodal dialogue systems, focusing on speech processing and dialogue management. He has coordinated several research projects, published a number of journal and conference papers, and has been invited to speak at several scientific events addressing these topics. Recently he has co-edited the Human-Centric Interfaces for Ambient Intelligence(Elsevier Academic Press, 2010).