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Assessing Impact of ICT Intercultural Work

Rickard, Angela, Austin, Roger, Grace, Alma and Smyth, Jane (2014) Assessing Impact of ICT Intercultural Work. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 10 (3). pp. 1-18. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.4018/ijicte.2014070101

Abstract

This article reports on a school-based ICT initiative, called Dissolving Boundaries (DB) which links primary, (students aged 5-11), post-primary (students aged 12-18) and special schools (students aged 5-18) in partnerships across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The aim of the research was to investigate if participation in DB was associated with an increased awareness and understanding of life on the other side of the border. The ICT skills of students were also probed. Two cohorts of students were used in the study, one which had taken part in the Dissolving Boundaries program during an academic year and another cohort of similar age in the same schools, which had not taken part. Findings suggest that participation in the program contributed to students’ knowledge and awareness in general of the other jurisdiction. Interms of collaborative work, a large majority of DB students agreed that they could learn something new from working with another school. Participating students in the DB program showed much higher competence in those ICT skills associated with communication and collaboration than their non-participant peers.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Collaboration, Contact Hypothesis, Cultural awareness, ICT, School
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:31303
Deposited By: Prof Roger Austin
Deposited On:01 Jun 2015 10:25
Last Modified:01 Jun 2015 10:25

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