he project partners who carried out the field work and developed the outputs are based in Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The partners have invited at least two schools in each country to participate as observation sites, one including primary age pupils (up to 11-12 years) and one secondary age (up to 16-18). More schools have been included when local funding had been identified to cover the costs of field work and - if necessary - to support school participation. Other schools - children and teachers - have been invited to participate informally, normally by means of electronic communications networks.
practice, and where possible school pupils out of school
were examined by focusing on the actual use available
electronic software resources such as:
methodology is based on an "ethnographic approach",
observing and recording the collective experiences of direct
users of electronic systems of communication in educational
contexts. In each school a specific group of learners,
usually a class, was chosen for intensive study.This took
the form of classroom observation and group or individual
interviews with children, teachers and other school staff
such as librarians. Where possible and relevant, there were
also be interviews with parents or other people associated
with the school.
Socrates' Mailbox project is financed by the Programme
SOCRATES on Open & Distance Learning of the
Directorate General XXII of the Commission of the European
Union. The participation has been funded by the Swiss Office
for Education & Science (OFES).
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