School Children with Learning Disabilities: An Actor-Network Analysis of the Use of ICT to Enhance Self-Esteem and Improve Learning Outcomes

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Adam, Tas and Tatnall, Arthur (2012) School Children with Learning Disabilities: An Actor-Network Analysis of the Use of ICT to Enhance Self-Esteem and Improve Learning Outcomes. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovations, 4 (2). pp. 10-24. ISSN 1942-535X (print) 1942-5368 (online)

Abstract

This article presents a report on an investigation into the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to aid in the education of students with Learning Disabilities. The study was framed by the use of actor-network theory. The term ‘Learning Difficulties’ (sometimes also referred to as Special Needs) is used in reference to a large heterogeneous group of students who are seen to have significant difficulties in the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills and need extra assistance with schooling. Another more specific term is ‘Learning Disabilities’ that refers to the sub-set of students who constitute a small sub-group that exhibit severe and unexplained problems. The reported study involved case studies and participant observation of the use of ICT in two outer suburban Special Schools in Melbourne, and an investigation of the role and impact of Education Department policies on these school environments. Research at the two Special Schools revealed that use of ICT can have a very beneficial impact on these students by improving their self-esteem and facilitating their acquisition of useful life skills.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23566
DOI https://doi.org/10.4018/jantti.2012040102
Official URL http://www.igi-global.com/article/school-children-...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 8902 Computer Software and Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords ResPubID26317, actor-network, theory, information and communications (ICT), learning disabilities, school children with special needs, special needs, special schools
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