A roadmap to employ new technologies to teach science to chronically ill children

Whitelock, Denise; Pinto, Roser and Gutierrez, Rufina (2012). A roadmap to employ new technologies to teach science to chronically ill children. In: CBLIS 2012 (10th International Conference on Computer Based Learning in Science: Learning Science in the Society of Computers, 26-29 Jun 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

URL: http://cblis2012.crecim.cat/


This research set out to construct a Roadmap to flesh out the role that technology can play in the teaching of science to chronically ill children. The first step in the construction of the Roadmap was to send a survey to a group of experts, comprising of academics, teachers, medical staff and education and administrative staff, all working with these children. This survey was an adaptation of the Delphi Method (Gordon, 2003) which made use of a panel of experts and aimed to build a consensus over a range of issues. 103 participants returned the survey, a good response rate.

The Roadmap which was agreed upon by the experts consisted of a four year plan with four major parallel activities. These activities were: 1. The ICT infrastructure; 2. The Training needs of professionals working with sick children; 3. The Development of digital science educational materials; 4. The Construction of virtual repositories and a web portal for use by the professional caring for and teaching sick children. It stressed the need for multidisciplinary teams to work together in order to achieve this vision.

The participants also emphasised the need for a strong and valid evaluation programme throughout this four year period and that research findings from both ICT and pedagogy should inform and influence the current plan. Importance was placed on the role of effective learning which should help each child reach their full potential and that the main driver should be one of pedagogy and not the introduction of new technology for its own sake.

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