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MirandaNet Fellowship Casestudy
Using Technology to Narrow the Gap for Low and Under Achieving Learners
Year of posting: 2010
Education has long been seen as the key to a fairer society, and it must now find ways to enthuse and engage low- and under achieving pupils.
While working to improve the lives of all young people, the biggest challenge continues to be that of Narrowing the Gap in opportunities and outcomes between the majority of learners, and those who are most vulnerable or underachieving.
The key findings of this research are important in the quest to improve learning opportunities:
- Technology can help to resolve the problems associated with low achievement and underachievement, but use of technology must be combined with other approaches:
- The concept of readiness for learning is key to many learners' achievement in school otherwise they do not progress well.
- Learner profiling has become widespread with the increased availability of technology. Many effective strategies that support learning start with detailed profiling.
- An individual learner's self-efficacy is an essential component of academic achievement. Self-efficacy can be improved through a variety of strategies that provide the learner with success in an educational setting.
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