Does E-Learning Enhance Critical Thinking and Adjustment behaviour of Adolescents with Visual Impairment?
The human brain is marvelous with its thinking ability and creates wonders. Brain is an organ that helps one think and act; if one give it work; otherwise it is lazy. The hemispheres of the brain are connected in parallel direction with fibers that carry communication within and between the hemispheres. When one part of the brain is actively thinking, the other parts are idle, in order not to interfere with the specialized thinking task. Although, numerous studies on cognitive abilities have been explored, the role of social cognition in adolescents with visual impairment is largely unexplored in India. The social cognitive ability of critical thinking in adolescents with visual impairment is paramount in their everyday life. The study focused on the relation between social cognition and adjustment behaviour of adolescents with visual impairment studying in Grade IX-XII in the State of Tamil Nadu, India. The target population of 278 included 124 fully blind and 154 partially sighted adolescents. Two self-developed toolsof critical thin king inventory and adjustment behaviour scale, were employed to collect the data. Findings revealed that critical thinking of adolescents with partial sight had influence on adjustment behaviour of adolescents with visual impairment and it had positive correlation with adjustment behaviour. It suggest that the life of adolescents with visual impairment is by and large affected by changes they make in their social relations and the uncertainties they encounter to make necessary adjustment to oneself and to others in their relationship greatly depends on social cognition.
Key Words - Adjustment behaviour, Critical thinking, Social cognition, Visual impairment