Focus group meetings to define the needs of the target groups in Greece

Focus group meetings to define the needs of the target groups in Greece

Two Focus Group meetings took place in Greece in the framework of the ALdia project. One was conducted by UPRC and the other by Four Elements. The two meetings were complementary to each other and covered all the project’s target groups namely disabled students, university professors and VET trainers

The first one was organized by UPRC on 2/6 and was attended by an academic professor and two students with hearing disability. There was agreement among the participants that accessible learning is defined as a collection of methods used to make learning accessible and comprehensible by all students, including those with special needs, and disabilities. It was also emphasized that teachers need to be trained on how to make their lessons accessible to all students.

The second meeting took place on 23/6 at the offices of Four Elements, with the participation of two university professors and two VET trainers. One of the university professors participated in the discussion through skype as he is based in Thessaloniki. The four participants provided expert advice on key issues of the project and useful insights based on their rich experience. Overall, they agreed that although there is an existing framework for supporting disabled students, education professionals will be more effective in their work, if they received regular training that would help them to better incorporate and use assistive technology in the learning process among other aspects.

In addition, there were a series of individual interviews conducted to complement the feedback provided in the focus groups meetings. The individual interviews gave the opportunity to analyze in depth the problems of students with disabilities and the challenges faced by their teachers. In total, six individual interviews were carried out: two face to face, three by telephone and one via skype.  Five individual interviews were organized by UPRC with two university professors, a special education expert, a university student with hearing disability and another one with visual disability.  Lastly, an interview with a student with motor disorder was conducted, however not reported in the design meetings. The one organized by Four Elements was a face to face interview with a PhD student with visual disability.

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