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IET Research
10 May 2011

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A Roadmap to teach Science to chronically ill children through using technology

 Denise Whitelock, IET

This research set out to construct a Roadmap for the role that technology can play in the teaching of science to chronically ill children. The main test instrument was a survey sent 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 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.

Denise Whitelock
11:06 on 14 May 2011

The Technology Enhanced Activities for Learning Science for Children in Hospital (TEACH) project is a three year project funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICCIN) of Spain (Ref:EDU2009-13704-subprograma EDUC) that aims to analyse current educational developments and needs for chronically ill children who are often hospitalised and then see how to apply technology effectively to give these children an alternate education experience, appropriate to their circumstances.

The project is focused around providing a Roadmap for technology enhanced activities, accessible and useful to educators whose role is to support these learners together with a set of evidence-based Design criteria for developing science teaching-learning sequences for hospital settings that include technology enhanced activities with an e-feedback component.

Denise Whitelock
12:55 on 14 May 2011

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Denise Whitelock
11:22am 14 May 2011 (Edited 11:29am 14 May 2011)


Prior to building the Roadmap Nefreduca was built which is an electronic teaching system to support children suffering with chronic kidney disease to understand the normal functioning of the kidney. A presentation from CBLIS 2010 can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/DeniseW/supporting-science-studies-for-children-with-long-term-health-problems-using-nefreduca

A conference paper presented at CAA 2010 can be located at http://caa.ecs.soton.ac.uk/Papers/Whitelock-CAA2010.pdf

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