Assessing Impact of ICT Intercultural Work
Angela Rickard, Alma Grace, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland ; Roger Austin, Jane Smyth, University of Ulster, Coleraine
IJICTE Volume 10, Number 3, ISSN 1550-1876 Publisher: IGI Global
This article reports on a school-based ICT initiative, called Dissolving Boundaries (DB) which links primary, (pupils aged 5-11), post-primary (pupils aged 12-18) and special schools (pupils 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 pupils were also probed. Two cohorts of pupils 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. In terms of collaborative work, a large majority of DB pupils agreed that they could learn something new from working with another school. Participating pupils in the DB program showed much higher competence in those ICT skills associated with communication and collaboration than their non-participant peers.
Rickard, A., Grace, A., Austin, R. & Smyth, J. (2014). Assessing Impact of ICT Intercultural Work. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 10(3), 1-18. IGI Global.