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Opportunities and constraints provided by ICT supported practices in vocational education

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This case study examines issues surrounding the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supported practices in vocational education at an Irish third level institution. In particular it investigated the opportunities presented and the constraints to the use of ICT with in a vocational educational setting. It also investigated lecturers‘ perceptions and current use of ICT. The research consisted of interviewing six key informants in relation to the factors affecting the use of ICT supported practices for vocational education. These interviews informed the design of the questionnaire that was then given to 19 lecturers involved in vocational education at the selected Irish third level institution. Two focus groups of four lecturers concluded the investigation by discussing the findings from the questionnaires. The research revealed that staff felt that ICT has a positive role to play in education. They find it allows them to gather information, organise it and distribute it to their learners. They have also found the use of ICT is helping to reduce the amount of time required to complete their work. All lecturers highlighted the need for further training. And those with a previous qualification in education were particularly vocal in their need for training. Lecturers indicated a high use of e-mail and the internet. Educational software, Blogs, CD-ROM/DVDs, and Podcasts are rarely used by lecturers. The study concludes that appropriate training and time for preparation will improve the opportunities and reduce the constraints in the implementation of ICT supported practices within the selected Irish third level institution.



  • Master (Research)

First supervisor

Doyle, Gerard



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  • DMARC - Digital Media and Arts Research Centre

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