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Technology in Docklands Education: Using Scenarios as Guides for Teaching and Research


Educational Studies Volume 35, Number 5, ISSN 0305-5698


Educators today are concerned with how to effectively implement whole school e-learning strategies, encompassing technical support, digital resources and professional development. This paper reports the findings of a project, Technologies in Docklands Education (TIDE), in which we investigated the use of technology to support learning in 24 disadvantaged, primary and post-primary schools in the Dublin Docklands area schools. Using a mixed methodology of face-to-face interviews with principals and teachers, classroom observations and an online questionnaire, we analysed the current situation in these schools, focusing on the key needs identified by principals. We used scenario-based analysis initially as a method to further discussions with schools, and later as a way to organize our findings and recommendations. Scenarios also became a way to share good practice and to make practical recommendations to schools. The study confirmed previous research regarding the major factors contributing to the successful integration of technology in schools, such as the need for technical support and professional development. However, there were unexpected findings regarding the range of digital technologies in use and what leads to effective teaching with technology.


Bruce, B.C. & Reynolds, A. (2009). Technology in Docklands Education: Using Scenarios as Guides for Teaching and Research. Educational Studies, 35(5), 561-574. Retrieved June 17, 2019 from .

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