Exploring ICT integration as a tool to engage young people at a Flexible Learning Centre

Wilson, Kimberley Luanne, and Boldeman, Suzi Ursula (2011) Exploring ICT integration as a tool to engage young people at a Flexible Learning Centre. Journal of Science Education and Technology.

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Abstract

The Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Flexible Learning Centres aim to provide a supportive learning environment for young people who find themselves outside of the mainstream secondary schooling system. Drawing on 21st Century learning principles, the Centres aim to deliver a personalised learning experience with an emphasis on flexibility and individual choice. Provision of a comprehensive curriculum enables young people to make positive future life choices and successfully transition into employment and further training. The aim of this research project has been to work with teaching staff at a Flexible Learning Centre in North Queensland, Australia, to explore the value of integrating ICT in the form of Web 2.0 technologies to enhance young people’s engagement with the subject of science. The findings of this case study suggest that ICT integration is effective in revitalising science education interest for disengaged young people. This may have wider implications in relation to general concerns of declining student interest and participation in science in the secondary years of schooling.

Item ID: 19735
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-1839
Keywords: science education, flexible learning, ICT integration
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Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: Re-engaging Disadvantaged Youth Through Science
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 07:20
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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