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Can technology aid and promote parental involvement in a child's education, and thereby promote greater collaboration between parent and teacher?

O'Brien, Marion (2006) Can technology aid and promote parental involvement in a child's education, and thereby promote greater collaboration between parent and teacher? Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This project will determine if and how technology can be used to bring the parent and the teacher closer together, allowing the parent to become more involved in their child's education, and thereby, with the teacher collaborate to better manage and further the child's education.
The research methods used will involve a literature review, which will summarise current trends and information on the area in question. Once a prototype has been developed, qualitative research methods will be used in the form of two questionnaires, one for parents, and the other for teachers, to conclude this experimental study. This questionnaire will detail the opinions of both parents and teachers to the prototype, and to the use and implementation of technology as a communication tool, which would assist in their child's education.
The findings concurred with other research carried out in this general area, as it found that parents are very willing to engage further in their child's education, and that teachers while a little sceptical of incurring extra work in an already time-poor schedule, would welcome the benefits of greater parental involvement.
The research supported the fact that technology can be used to aid parent involvement in their child's education, and also that basic use of technology can achieve this. A basic and simple web portal which formally brings the parent into the education process, at their own pace and time, is adequate to allow the parent to develop in a more consistent and beneficial way, their role as educator in the home.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Home Schooling
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Computing in Science in eLearning
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 12:57
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 14:57
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/314

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