Employing technologies to engage students with diverse needs in rural school communities

Christine Irene FORLIN, Graeme LOCK

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Abstract

This paper considers the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to enable students to access the curriculum in inclusive classrooms. The research considers the latest trends regarding promotion of the use of ICT in education in Australia and then considers the outcome from the perspective of one state, that of Western Australia. In particular, the focus is on the use of ICT in remote and rural school communities for supporting inclusive practices. While it seems clear that considerable financial support has been allocated to the enhancement of access to ICT across Australia by various education departments, there are several issues that are impacting on the implementation for more isolated schools. Concerns regarding staffing, cultural sensitivity, software selection and hardware maintenance are all discussed from the perspective of increasing the engagement of students with diverse needs in regular classes in remote and rural schools in Australia. Copyright © 2006 Edith Cowan University.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Citation

Forlin, C., & Lock, G. (2006). Employing technologies to engage students with diverse needs in rural school communities. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 31(1), Article 4.

Keywords

  • Computer software selection
  • Geographic isolation
  • ICT in education
  • Isolated students
  • Rural schools
  • Student needs
  • Policy analysis
  • Primary education
  • Principals
  • Secondary education
  • Teachers

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