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Design Guidelines for Developing Curriculum-Focused ICT Materials for Diverse Students

  • Cara Nicole Greene
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)

Abstract

This paper presents design guidelines for developing curriculum focused Information Communication Technology (ICT) materials for diverse students with special needs in the inclusive secondary school setting. Mainstream and learning support teachers and students who developed these guidelines first took part in ‘use of ICT’ questionnaires and took part in a three-month study investigating how these ICTs impacted on their classroom teaching. The teachers and students involved then took part in evaluation questionnaires and focus groups to develop design guidelines and good practice for developing curriculum-focused ICTs for diverse students. The guidelines were used to develop curriculum-focused materials for aspects of the Irish Junior Certificate (JC) English and History curricula [2]. English and History teachers and learning support teachers used the materials for three months with their classes and carried out an evaluation. Results showed that while mainstream teachers and students found the materials useful for enhancing the curriculum, the real benefit was for the learning support teachers and students.

Keywords

Specific learning difficulties ICT inclusive second level curriculum-focused questionnaires 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cara Nicole Greene
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  1. 1.National Centre for Language Technology, School of ComputingDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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