Research Priorities in the Education of Visually Impaired Students in New Zealand

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

education of visually impaired students

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - New Zealand

Why was it conducted at all?

In New Zealand, there has been a dearth of published locally based studies on the education of students with visual impairments; a thorough search of the literature revealed only five (Bowden & Thorburn, 1993; Keighly & Herse, 1990; Lamb, 1995; O'Brien, 1989; Syme & Wilton, 1987). However, a number of unpublished studies by undergraduates at the national teacher training course for teachers of students with visual impairments at Auckland College of Education have made a substantial contribution to this area of inquiry. Furthermore, there has been no systematic research in New Zealand on what the priorities for research in the field of visual impairment should be.

What was the objective?

to investigate the views of key persons in the field to determine future directions for research in New Zealand

What was the outcome?

a list of 3 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey asking participants to list research topics participants would like to have investigated in New Zealand. Step 2: data processing: list of 130 topics grouped into 10 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rank topics within each category in order of importance

Which stakeholders took part?

Teachers at visual resource centers, parents of children with visual impairments, workers in agencies serving visually impaired children, eye care specialists, college instructors, consultants in low vision technology, orientation and mobility instructors, educational administrators, and persons with visual impairments. Delphi round 1: 32 participants. Delphi round 2: 26 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The questionnaire was mailed to a representative sample of 32 persons throughout New Zealand.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.