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Using ICT to Improve the Literary Skills of Mild Learning Disabled Adolescent Students studying the Junior Cert School Programme (SIP048)
A discrete piece of action research involving a group of mildly learning disabled adolescents aged 13 to 18, this project aimed to determine whether access to ICT improved their literacy levels.
18 months
Lead Organisation
St Brigid's Special School, Dundalk St Ita's Special School, Co. Louth
Project Aims
  • To identify 'best practice' in the use of ICT with mildly learning disabled adolescents.
  • To integrate ICT into all facets of school life.
  • To use ICT to create materials which cater for the individual needs of the pupils.
  • To identify software which is particularly suitable to the curricular needs of mildly learning disabled students.
  • To identify adaptive equipment which will make ICT more accessible to mildly learning disabled and physically disabled students.
  • To ascertain whether the self-esteem and self-confidence of mildly learning disabled students are improved by their access to and their use of ICT in everyday school activities.
Indicative Outcomes
  • Students in the experimental group show improvements in literacy skills which are greater than those in the control group.
  • A gain in self-esteem and self-confidence for those students in the experimental group as compared with those in the control group.
  • The experimental group's gains are greater than those of a matched control group in a partner school for mildly learning disabled.
  • That the gains, if any, made by these control groups are similar to that of the control group in the pilot school (St Brigid's).
Participating Schools
Further Information

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