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Citation:  Brooks, B.M., Rose, F.D., Atree, E.A., & Elliot-Square, A. (2002). An evaluation of the efficacy of training people with learning disabilities in a virtual environment. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24 (11), 622-626.
Title:  An evaluation of the efficacy of training people with learning disabilities in a virtual environment
Authors:  Brooks, B.M., Rose, F.D., Atree, E.A., & Elliot-Square, A.
Year:  2002
Journal/Publication:  Disability and Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Informa Healthcare
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/09638280110111397
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Quasi-experimental

Structured abstract:

Background:  The majority of people with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom do not get the opportunity to work because they are often denied appropriate vocational training.
Purpose:  To evaluate the efficacy of using a virtual kitchen for vocational training of people with learning disabilities.
Setting:  The settings were schools for training in catering for individuals with disabilities in the United Kingdom.
Study sample:  The sample size included 24 catering students with learning disabilities.
Intervention:  The intervention was vocational training in food preparation in the virtual kitchen, real training and using traditional workbook methods.
Control or comparison condition:  Students were their own controls.
Data collection and analysis:  Pre-test, post-test, and improvement scores were collected.
Findings:  Virtual training was found to be as beneficial as really training and more beneficial than workbook training.
Conclusions:  Vocational students with learning disabilities were able to use the virtual environment and were motivated to learn using this training method. Depending on the task being trained, virtual training had a more beneficial effect on real task performance than workbook training, even when the virtual kitchen was not modeled on the real training kitchen. (p. 622)

Disabilities served:  Learning disabilities
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Training
Outcomes:  Other