Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education

School

School of Education

First Advisor

Associate Professor Geoffrey W. Lummis

Second Advisor

Dr Jenny Lane

Field of Research Code

130106

Abstract

The use of paper diaries to facilitate home-school communication for children with additional needs has shown to have numerous limitations. While the use of mobile digital devices has increased in schools, little research exists into the use of these devices for home-school communication purposes. This study explored the effects of using a digital diary to facilitate home-school communication for primary aged children with additional needs. A constructivist multiple case study approach was used. The digital diary utilised the software application Evernote. This free application was hosted on study participants’ mobile devices or accessed over the Internet. Pre-innovation interviews and surveys were conducted with a group of parents (n=10) and teachers (n=8). The digital diary was trialled for eight weeks. Parents and teachers’ experiences of the digital diary were investigated through post innovation interviews. The results showed an increase in situational awareness, collaboration, child involvement and parental engagement. Overall the study showed a range of potential advantages for using a digital diary to facilitate home-school communication for children with additional needs.

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