A teacher’s perspective of interacting with long-term absent students through digital communications technologies

Anthony Jones, Karina Wilkie

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This paper uses an hypothetical scenario to report on the use of ICT to enable students with a chronic illness to partly overcome prolonged absence for school. The focus is on the responses of teachers when one of their students can no longer attend school regularly as a consequence of a serious illness, but wants to continue their education. The special education needs of students participating in the Link ‘n Learn project result from a desire to continue studying while absent from school for prolonged periods. It appears that this desire for continuity is misunderstood by many adults, including teachers. Discussion is centred around a hypothetical case study of two teachers as they work with students absent for an extended period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Online learning
  • Students absent from school

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