How can ICT assist and enhance learning opportunities for pupils with speech, language and communication needs in mainstream primary settings?

Student, A. (2015) How can ICT assist and enhance learning opportunities for pupils with speech, language and communication needs in mainstream primary settings? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This independent project was prompted by the researcher’s personal interest
in working with children with SEN and her surprise, during an additional
placement in a special secondary school, at the lack of technology available
to assist and enhance the learning of those with speech, language and
communication needs (SLCN).
As a consequence, this independent project investigated the impact ICT can
have on learning opportunities for children with SLCN, focusing specifically
on its use in a mainstream primary setting. Drawn out from the literature
review, the study centred on three key themes: relationships and social
interaction, engagement and motivation and teachers’ perceptions and
attitudes.
The research was conducted in a two-form entry community primary school
in West Sussex and sought the views of teaching and support staff as well
as pupils receiving additional support for SLCN. The data was collected via
semi-structured interviews and observations.
The findings revealed that children with SLCN can benefit from the support
of ICT, leading to better relationships, engagement and motivation. However,
these improvements will only materialise if careful attention is given to the
potential barriers associated with using ICT for these purposes in the
classroom. The most significant of these appears to be the issue of teacher
confidence and skill in applying modern technologies and embracing them
with enthusiasm, irrespective of age or career stage.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Gail Graffham
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 08:31
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2015 08:31
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1489

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