THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL LITERACY PROGRAM FOR BLIND STUDENTS AT SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN BALI PROVINCE

Authors

  • Nengah Arnawa , Anak Agung Gde Alit Geria , I Gusti Lanang Rai Arsana , I MadeSugata

Abstract

This study mapped the implementation of literacy enhancement program at special schools in
Bali Province. This study was planned to complete within three years. In the first year, the
mapping was focused on blind students. This study was conducted using a qualitative
paradigm. Data were collected from special schools in three districts and cities in Bali
Province with a total population of 65 students, consisting of 1st grade (SDLB) – 12th grade
(SMALB) students. Data were collected through document review, in-depth interviews,
questionnaires, and observations. The data analysis showed that Special Schools in Bali
Province applied three kinds of literacy enhancement activities to address the problems that
students experienced; reading by the teacher, using audiobooks, and the provision of Braille
corners. Those activities were expected to facilitate literacy enhancement program as outlined
in the guidelines. Teachers’ reading aloud promoted early and basic literacy skill and the use
of audiobooks to enhance media and technology literacy. The Braille reading corner was
intended to improve the library literacy. The only type of literacy enhancement activity that
cannot be applied to blind students is visual literacy enhancement, yet this limitation can be
overcome by providing three-dimensional media. Unfortunately, public participation was
relatively low. School committees and parents / guardians generally understood the
importance of literacy for students with visual impairments, but their real contributions need
to be improved. The participation of the business and industrial sectors was found adequate
as they provided books, literacy facilities, and learning tools. Many foundations that care for
children with visual impairment also participated this program. The results of this study are
expected to be used as a scientific basis for the betterment of literacy programs in Indonesia
and to encourage stronger public participation.

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Published

2020-12-01

How to Cite

Nengah Arnawa , Anak Agung Gde Alit Geria , I Gusti Lanang Rai Arsana , I MadeSugata. (2020). THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL LITERACY PROGRAM FOR BLIND STUDENTS AT SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN BALI PROVINCE . PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 17(6), 4262 - 4272. Retrieved from http://mail.palarch.nl/index.php/jae/article/view/1667