Interactions with the Physical Environment and Objects Bibliography

by DB-LINK on May 1, 2007
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Updated 05/2007

Design to Learn Projects on Interactions with the Physical Environment and Objects

Researchers Charity Rowland and Philip Schweigert at the Oregon Health & Science University Design to Learn Projects have developed materials that address a wide range of object and physical environment interactions for hands-on learning and problem-solving skills.

The following articles describe research conducted by Rowland and Schweigert on this topic:


Assessment and Instruction of Hands-On Problem-Solving and Object Interaction Skills in Children who are Deafblind --Rowland, Charity, Ph.D.; Schweigert, Philip, M.Ed. THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF VISUAL IMPAIRMENT, vol. 19, #2, 2001, pp. 57-68 Entre Dos Mundos, April 2002, #18, pp. 59-80. (2001)A report of two research studies that examined how deaf-blind children understand their relationship with the physical environment and how they solve problems as they try to negotiate the physical world. Addresses the issue of learned helplessness. What may initially appear to be learned helplessness may actually turn out to be a lack of skills, a lack of opportunities to learn new skills, or a lack of motivation. Describes the development of three hands-on problem-solving assessment tools, the “Home Inventory of Problem-Solving Skills” (HIPSS), the “School Inventory of Problem-Solving Skills” (SIPSS), and the “Task-Based Inventory of Problem-Solving Skills” (TAPSS). Article also published in Spanish.


Research to Practice : Focus on: Hands-On Problem Solving Skills for Children with Deaf-Blindness --Rowland, Charity; Schweigert, Philip. DEAF-BLIND PERSPECTIVES, vol.5, #1, Fall 1997, pp.1-4. (1997) Charity Rowland and Phillip Schweigert provided the written and interview information for this article, which was prepared by Harvey Mar as part of DB-LINK's Research-to-Practice Initiative. Their project is reviewed, highlighting two tools to assess problem-solving skills; "Home Inventory of Problem Solving Skills" or HIPSS, and "School Inventory of Problem Solving Skills", or SIPSS. Included is an excerpt from the HIPPS tool and contact information. Available on the web:  

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