Incorporating Internet access into a Home/Hospital program
Linda Elizabeth Jane Alford, Queen's University , Canada
Queen's University . Awarded
The purpose of this thesis was to work with a Home/Hospital teacher as, for the first time, she incorporated Internet access, including the use of a computer conferencing system, into her work with Home/Hospital students within a Home/Hospital program. The central question was to identify what the potential uses of the technology were at the beginning of the study, as outlined by the Home/Hospital teacher, what did and did not happen when the technology was introduced within the Home/Hospital program, and whether or not, at the end of the study, the incorporation of the technology into the Home/Hospital program was considered by the Home/Hospital teacher as something that supported her work with Home/Hospital students.
A case study approach was used. The participating Home/Hospital teacher selected three young people in the Home/Hospital program, based on their length of absenteeism and similarity of reasons for being absent, to whom we offered access to electronic links. Interviews were conducted with the Home/Hospital teacher at approximately one month time intervals and with the guardians of the students involved, who consented to an interview at the end of the summer, and questionnaires were given to the students asking them about their use of the technology. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Alford, L.E.J. Incorporating Internet access into a Home/Hospital program. Master's thesis, Queen's University.
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