versión impresa ISSN 0121-5051
This research was aimed at analysing the effect of a simulation-aided learning environment on the self-determination of a group of intellectually handicapped adolescents. The sample included 13 adolescents having similar development levels, from different educational institutions from the town of Ceja del Tambo in the Antioquia department. This group of intellectually handicapped adolescents participated in a virtual and natural simulation-aided learning environment for eight months (eight hours per week). The results led to concluding that there is a felt need for families and educational institutions to produce alternatives for developing and consolidating levels of intellectually-handicapped adolescents' personal autonomy and expression. This investigation's findings open the way forward for future studies aimed at determining how factors traditionally generating social exclusion situations in this population can become reduced by implementing information and communication technology-aided proposals.
Palabras llave : intellectual handicap; self-determination; learning environment; simulation; information and communication technology.