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Supporting community cohesion through ICT: The epartners programmein Northern Ireland

Austin, Roger, Hunter, Bill and Hollywood, Lynsey (2015) Supporting community cohesion through ICT: The epartners programmein Northern Ireland. Computers in Human Behaviour, 52 . pp. 508-514. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.02.039

Abstract

In the face of deep-rooted sectarian sentiment in Northern Ireland and the pervasive nature of ‘‘separateness’’ between the Protestant and Catholic communities, this article examines school projects designed to promote community cohesion and assesses the role that information and communications technology(ICT) can play to encourage collaboration within a social psychology framework. Further, we report on exploratory research conducted through the evaluation of a pilot program that involved university student tutors working with teachers and pupils in a range of schools. Our findings to date suggest that a strong focus on collaborative work in non-contentious areas of the curriculum has a strong chance of securing support from key stakeholders, including teachers, the main churches and other stakeholders in the educational system.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:community cohesion shared education and ICT blended learning intercultural education
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:32420
Deposited By: Prof Roger Austin
Deposited On:15 Oct 2015 10:19
Last Modified:23 Jun 2017 10:35

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