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An investigation of ICT use for Italian and Irish language learning in a secondary level school environment: new perspectives on the digital natives/digital immigrants claim

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dc.contributor.advisor Murray, Liam
dc.contributor.author Benini, Silivia
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-13T15:58:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-13T15:58:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4821
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the use of technology for Irish and Italian language learning in two secondary schools of the Republic of Ireland. The targeted schools are characterized by different technological orientations: School A has a strong commitment to innovation and heavy use of ICT in its pedagogies whereas School B offers a more traditional book-based approach and poor technological equipment. Qualitative and quantitative data on students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards the use of ICT within the two languages were collected through a mixed-methods approach. Furthermore, an analysis on the Digital Natives/Digital Immigrant claim was provided in relation to the gathered empirical data. The participants were specifically 3rd and 5th year students and their Italian and Irish language teachers. The findings of the study confirm a general positive attitude towards the use of ICT as a pedagogic method, yet there were school level barriers addressed by both students and teachers which affected its integration. As regards the current perceived status of instruction for the two languages, this study provides some evidence of a more negative attitude among Irish students due to the continued presence of deep-rooted stigmas still attached to the language which are absent in the case of Italian. It is proposed that technology could reverse these destructive attitudes towards Irish and indeed be beneficial for the promotion of the two languages. The digital divide does not appear to be as clearly defined as Prensky has argued. While there are differences in how generations engage with technologies, there are also similarities across generations mainly based on how much experience people have with using these tools. Generational distinctions between natives and immigrants are not reflected in the empirical data and the uncritical use of these terms could have negative implications for a number of issues, chief amongst them, teacher and student interactions. This study aims to reflect and understand the current uses and expectations of ICT for learning in general and language learning in particular offering suggestions pertinent to future developments in school practice and national policies. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject technology en_US
dc.subject Irish Italian language learning en_US
dc.title An investigation of ICT use for Italian and Irish language learning in a secondary level school environment: new perspectives on the digital natives/digital immigrants claim en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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