Augmentative and alternative communication technology learning part 1: Augmentative and alternative communication intervention specialists

Rebecca Burke, David R. Beukelman, Laura Ball, Christy A. Horn

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This study focused on the learning styles and preferences of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention specialists. The specific purposes of this project were to examine AAC interventionists' (a) self-efficacy for AAC intervention, (b) goal achievement orientation, (c) computer technology interest levels, and (d) learning mode preferences regarding AAC. The results revealed that AAC intervention specialists viewed themselves as highly self-confident (self-efficacious) with regard to their ability to learn new AAC technology and teach it to others. They demonstrated a highly consistent achievement orientation profile with emphasis on mastery of content and skill and on performance to achieve goals. Their interest in computer technology was relatively low, and they preferred individual and small-group learning opportunities compared with direct instruction in new technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-249
Number of pages8
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002



  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Learning
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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