Powodzenie w studiach osób niewidomych i słabo widzących a niektóre cechy osobowości
Andrzej Sękowski, Waldemar Klinkosz
Rocznik: 2003 Tom: 9 Numer: 1
The following article takes up a problem of how visual disability effects academic performance of blind and amblyopic students. One hundred five students with visual impairment (the group consisted of 37 blind and 68 amblyopic subjects), as well as 105 students with normal vision from all over Poland participated in the research, which was carried out for 3 years (between 1999 and 2001).The principal problem was included in a research ąuestion: "Do visually disabled students differ from their peers with normal sight in respect of the analyzed personality factors?" The factors from "Big Five Model" were adopted as personality variables; also the effect of locus of control was allocated. The outcome of the study revealed that neither visual disability nor the degree of disability was relevant in the average academic performance of the participating students. These findings may be helpful in creating a new perception of people with visual disabilities. Teachers, educators and psychologists involved directly in working with and caring for children and adolescents with visual impairments can certainly benefit from the knowledge that the disability of the eyesight will not automatically prevent that person from functioning properly within the community or preclude his good academic performance.