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Actualidades Investigativas en Educación

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GROSS MARTINEZ, Martha  and  STILLER GONZALEZ, Laura. Technical Contribution to Focus Group Approach to Students Perception on Accessibility in University Environment. Rev. Actual. Investig. Educ [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp.31-47. ISSN 1409-4703.

This article describes the focal group technique employed during the research: Accessibility in the Permanence of Students with Special Educational Needs Associated or not to a Disability: Rodrigo Facio Headquarters. The general objective was to elaborate good practice and verification guidelines on the area of accessibility. This resource would permit the university community to come close to this population; it would also provide a tool to help build an inclusive university. The focal groups helped explore the perception of students about accessibility in their university life. This was characterized and categorized in three dimensions: accessibility in physical spaces, accessibility to information, and accessibility to the educational process. The dynamic of this technique expresses the different opinions of the students related to the aspects that have helped them move forward with their university life, as well as those experiences that have been negative and that have represented relevant obstacles in the context of their educational process. It also helped students express their perceptions, and talk about their experiences and interactions on the university campus. The conclusion is that focal groups constitute a relevant information compilation technique in the processes of qualitative research, since it establishes a persona approach with the participants of the research process

Keywords : accessibility; inclusive university; perception; focal groups; University of Costa Rica.

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