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    How do I facilitate pupil oral language development by using iPads as a learning tool with junior infants?

    McEvoy, Helen (2019) How do I facilitate pupil oral language development by using iPads as a learning tool with junior infants? Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    The purpose of the research was to provide opportunities to facilitate oral language development in junior infant pupils. My aim was for junior infant pupils to develop their communication skills while using the ICT electronic device the iPad. I chose self –study action research as a paradigm as it was about examining my own values and bringing about a change to my practice. My context of teaching in a DEIS school influenced the values I identified. The data collection methods I used were qualitative for example reflective journal, teacher observation, focus groups with pupils and interviews with class teachers. Professional dialogue with my critical friend, colleagues and supervisors ensured triangulation of data. Manoah University guidelines were adhered to and confidentiality and anonymity of participants was guaranteed. My findings were junior infant pupils engaged effectively with enquiry - based learning on the iPads and had the necessary digital skills needed to use the iPads. Opportunities for oral language development were provided because using the iPads encouraged discussion, collaboration, presenting and sharing of information. Using iPads in the classroom created a fun learning atmosphere and increased pupil motivation and engagement in tasks. The teacher’s role evolved, as I became more of a facilitator as the pupils engaged in tasks independently on the iPad and needed little assistance. There was less teacher talk and an increase in pupil conversations. My research is very timely in the current environment when all schools were closed in March 2020, due to Covid 19. Pupils had to engage in remote learning at home using electronic devices. The significance of my research for my professional colleagues is my thesis outlines my action research sessions where the junior infants took photographs of the school garden using iPads and used the Book Creator app to make their own eBook. My thesis is a source of encouragement for colleagues to nurture and embrace a culture of using iPads as a learning tool in their school.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Keywords: facilitate; pupil; oral language development; iPads; learning tool; junior infants; Froebel; Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Item ID: 13702
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 16:52
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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