Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15199
Title: I can't come to class: The role of technology in enhancing learning opportunities for Aboriginal English language learners
Contributor(s): Reedy, Alison Kay (author); Nicholls, Ruth M (author); Ellis, Elizabeth M  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15199
Abstract: This paper reports on the role of computer technology in providing ongoing learning opportunities outside of the classroom for adult Indigenous students. It presents the preliminary findings of a twelve month action research project which aimed to monitor and enhance student participation in out of class learning. The research participants were 37 adult Indigenous students enrolled in Certificate III in Spoken and Written English at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory. Participation in out of class learning activities, commonly referred to by the students as 'homework', was heavily reliant on the use of computer technology. The homework activities incorporated reading, writing and listening tasks, designed to support and enhance ongoing learning skills through the use of an online interactive teaching space. Students' participation in homework activities was monitored through data collected from reflective surveys, focus groups, individual interviews and review of reports on computer access and usage. Computer access, lifestyle issues and individuals' attitudes were found to be the key factors influencing student participation in homework. The outcomes of the research will inform the development of course delivery models and modes of homework delivery for adult Indigenous students. Furthermore, the findings of the research will inform the development of innovative mixed mode and online course models.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 4th Annual Faculty of The Professions Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, Armidale, Australia, 13th - 17th July, 2009
Conference Details: 4th Annual Faculty of The Professions Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, Armidale, Australia, 13th - 17th July, 2009
Source of Publication: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research: Proceedings of the 4th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, p. 224-234
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
939903 Equity and Access to Education
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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