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Exploring the benefits of participating in an eTwinning project for small collaborative groups in a primary classroom setting.
thesisposted on 2022-10-12, 13:10 authored by Geraldine Kane
This case study set out to explore the benefits of participating in an eTwinning project for small collaborative groups in a primary classroom setting. A class in France was chosen as the European partner for the project. However, this case study focused only on the findings from the Irish class. The study examined the ease of use of the eTwinning TwinSpace platform. It also examined the interaction, communication and collaboration within small groups and the motivation of the students when using computer technology. The affective and cognitive aspects of learning were examined to ascertain if participation in an eTwinning project can promote broad based learning among primary school students. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection were used in this case study. The study involved dividing the Irish class into five groups of four members. Each group researched and collaborated on a topic related to their local area. Information gathered on their group topic was exchanged with the other groups in their class and also with their French partner class through the TwinSpace platform. This was achieved by the students using a variety of computer tools and applications. The study concluded that participation in an eTwinning project is extremely beneficial for primary school students, both cognitively and affectively. They were intrinsically motivated in the project and continued their learning outside of school time. However, this case study did find that younger children and/or those unfamiliar with computers may have some difficulties using the TwinSpace platform and recommends some amendments and additional functions. The formation of small groups increased collaboration and enhanced the student’s personal development and social skills. However, careful member selection and group behaviour monitoring, especially where younger students are concerned, is imperative in order to avoid conflict within small group
- Master (Research)
First supervisorMc Weeney, Geraldine
Also affiliated with
- DMARC - Digital Media and Arts Research Centre