Technology and School Unit Improvement: Researching, Reconsidering and Reconstructing the School Context through a Multi-Thematic Digital Storytelling Project

Social Sciences. 2019;8(2):49 DOI 10.3390/socsci8020049

 

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Journal Title: Social Sciences

ISSN: 2076-0760 (Print)

Publisher: MDPI AG

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS


Theodora K. Kouvara (Department of Education, School of Education, University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, Nicosia CY-2417, Cyprus)

Stavroula A. Karasoula (Department of Humanities, School of Humanities, Hellenic Open University, 18 Parodos Aristotelous Str., GR-263 35 Patras, Greece)

Christoforos V. Karachristos (Methodology & Technology Laboratory, Educational Content, Hellenic Open University, 52-56 Kalavriton Str., GR-263 34 Patras, Greece)

Elias C. Stavropoulos (Methodology & Technology Laboratory, Educational Content, Hellenic Open University, 52-56 Kalavriton Str., GR-263 34 Patras, Greece)

Vassilios S. Verykios (School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, 18 Parodos Aristotelous Str., GR-263 35 Patras, Greece)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Digital stories comprise a technological tool which can engage learners in collaborative learning as well as lead them to experientially acquire knowledge through a constructive process. The aim of the current action research, for which a cooperative network between academics and teachers was created, is to show how digital storytelling can emerge as an inclusive education tool through investigating the changes brought about by its implementation on the academic and social context of a school unit. The research was conducted in a Greek primary school and lasted seven months, involving two fifth grade classes and an integration class. It followed the three stages of a multi-thematic digital story project (preparation, implementation, and evaluation) and learners were called to research and process information, at their own pace, from diverse cognitive domains (art, science, coding). The research tools employed were participatory observation, diary research, and semi-structured interviews. The research positively influenced the reconstruction of the school unit since teachers reconsidered some of their educational techniques as non-inclusive, utilized technology as an instrument of constructive and experiential learning based on the diversity of each student, and reinforced learners’ critical thinking and imagination while cultivating a climate of empathy and self-confidence among students.