Accessing Flexible Learning Opportunities: Children's and Young People's use of Laptops in a Paediatric Hospital

Nisselle, A., Hanns, S., Green, J., Jones, T. (March 2012) Accessing Flexible Learning Opportunities: Children's and Young People's use of Laptops in a Paediatric Hospital. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 21 (1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 1475939X (ISSN)

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/147593...
DOI: 10.1080/1475939x.2012.659883

Abstract

Hospitalised children and young people not only face challenges to their health but also to their continued education and social connections. These challenges can impact on future life trajectories, so it is crucial to maintain learning and socialising. Educational technologies, such as laptops and iPads, are used in the multidisciplinary educational programme provided to patients at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. This paper reports on the use of laptops by 71 patients at the hospital, who represented a range of ages, gender, home location and type of hospital admission (short, long, infrequent and frequent). Surveys revealed these technologies were used throughout the hospital with use varying according to the stage of development; however, restrictions to academic and social networking sites were problematic. The results highlight how educational technologies can provide access to flexible learning opportunities and socialising for hospitalised children and young people. © 2012 Copyright Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: children education hospital illness learning technology
Subjects: educational material
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Communities: Dolan DNA Learning Center
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: March 2012
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 16:58
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 16:48
URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/27013

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