Research Areas: Communications and Transport
The ESRI is carrying out a study of how broadband provision affects secondary school teaching and learning. This research uses a mixed methods approach to explore the effects on teaching and learning from a public programme to install 100Mbps broadband service and provide related facilities to over 400 post-primary schools in Ireland. Survey and administrative data were collected before and after the intervention both for the group of schools in the programme and a control group. We also conducted structured interviews in 10 case study schools with principals, teachers and ICT co-ordinators, along with focus groups of students.
The study addresses five main research questions:
The research is funded by the ESRI Programme of Research in Communications, with support from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Commission for Communications Regulation. Assistance with the study is also being provided by the Department of Education and Skills, HEAnet and the Professional Development Service for Teachers.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.