Comparison of reading performance between visually impaired and normally sighted students in Malaysia

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to compare reading performance between visually impaired and normally sighted school children. Participants (n = 299) were divided into three groups: normal vision (NV, n = 193), visually impaired print reader (PR, n = 52), and Braille reader (BR, n = 54). Reading performance was determined by measuring reading rate and comprehension. ANOVA was used to compare the results. A statistically significant difference was found in reading rate between the three groups (p < 0.0001). The BR had the lowest reading rate compared to other groups. Only a small percentage of the visually impaired children were able to achieve a reading rate within the normal values of normally sighted children. Results of the comprehension test showed no significant difference in the scores of the three groups (p = 0.232). The findings of this study suggests that visually impaired students required a longer time to read and understand a text and this has implications on the time given to them, especially during examinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-207
Number of pages12
JournalThe British Journal of Visual Impairment
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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Keywords

  • Braille reader
  • comprehension
  • print reader
  • reading rate
  • visually impaired

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  • Ophthalmology

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