European Journal of Teacher Education volume 29, issue 2, P145-161 2006 DOI: 10.1080/02619760600617284 View full text
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Roger Austin

Abstract: This paper reports on the evaluation of a major programme which is using telecommunications to link teachers and pupils both across the political boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and across the boundaries of 'mainstream' schooling and those children in 'special schools'. The paper examines the 'contact hypothesis' as a theoretical model for educational work supported by ICT and considers the impact of the programme on both teachers and students. It concludes that contact based on …

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