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The Role of ICT in Bridge-Building and Social Cohesion; theory, policy and practice issues

Austin, R.S.P (2006) The Role of ICT in Bridge-Building and Social Cohesion; theory, policy and practice issues. European Journal of Teacher Education, 29 (2). pp. 145-161. [Journal article]

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This paper reports on the evaluation of a major programme which is using telecommunications to link teachers and pupils both across the political boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and across the boundaries of ‘mainstream’ schooling and those children in ‘special schools’. The paper examines the ‘contact hypothesis’ as a theoretical model for educational work supported by ICT and considers the impact of the programme on both teachers and students. It concludes that contact based on sustained curricular and social interaction has an effect on children’s perceptions of each other. This effect is most marked when contact is between two schools, one on each side of the border. The author suggests that the management of the programme, based on a bi-lateral agreement between two government departments and a partnership between two universities with other key stakeholders, provides a model of international cooperation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:ICT schools bridge-building social cohesion
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:12446
Deposited By: Prof Roger Austin
Deposited On:15 Mar 2010 09:28
Last Modified:23 Jun 2015 14:15

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