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Patch World Last Report Romania

Patch World Last Report Romania

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Published by: Centro Studi Villa Montesca on Dec 17, 2008
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Grup Scolar Tehnic de Transporturi Cai Ferate, Iasi, Romania
PATCH-WORLd - PArenTs and Children working, ORganising and Learning together135285-LLP-1-2007-1-IT-KA3-KA3MPGrant Agreement 2007-3620/001-001 This project has been funded with support from the European Commission This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsiblefor any use which may be made of the information contained therein
PATCHWORLD (PArents and CHildren Working, ORganizing and Learning together) isone of the European projects in which Grup Scolar Tehnic de Transporturi Cai Feratefrom Iasi, Romania participates, the project being coordinated by the Centro Studi eFormazione Villa Montesca from Citta di Castello, Italy. There are 10 institutionsfrom 9 countries that take part in the project.The selection of the students for this phase was done taking into consideration thefollowing criteria: their communication skills and their ICT skills. The age range wasbetween 15 and 17. Most of the families consisted of the two parents and two ormore children.We made a protocol that was to be signed by both the students and their parents.Twenty protocols were handed out and seventeen were sent back to us signed bythose agreeing to be part of this project phase. Fifteen parents were interviewedover the phone and the other two were filmed interviews. All the interviews wererealized during the month of May 2008. The two parents who agreed to be filmedduring the interview were Popa Margareta and Simion Petronela. These interviewswere realized according to a questionnaire sent to all the institutions by thecoordinator and all the questions concerned the use of ICT tools.The parents’ level of instruction was high school. 9 of them are at a beginner levelin the use of ICT tools, 7 of them at an intermediate level and 1 at an advancedlevel.During these interviews it was shown that parents and children use the ICT tools fordifferent activities. The main purpose the parents acquired the computer in theirhousehold was the educational purpose. They want to help their children findinformation for school activities more easily. Another purpose for the purchase of acomputer was the recreational one: games, chatting, listening to music, watchingvideos and films.
When using these tools, the parents do it especially in the interest of theirhousehold, to pay bills, to buy different things online, to find information concerningtheir job and to read the online
edition of the newspapers. Students use these toolsespecially for school activities, to find necessary information for their homework, tochat with friends on the Internet, to find different information and to play games. Inall of the families interviewed, the children are those who use these tools most of the time.There are times when parents and children use the computer at the same time,especially for playing games or chatting with their loved ones who live abroad. Theparents showed a lot of interest in collaborating with their children in order to learnmore about how to use the ICT tools. They also admitted that the time theirchildren spend alone in front of the computer or on the phone could be spenttogether as a family, doing different activities that could bring their familiestogether. Some parents prefer to know that their child is in the house in front of thecomputer than on the streets with the friends. They feel that they have a bettercontrol over their child’s activities.There is a serious gap between the students’ level of ICT knowledge and that of their parents. This gap appears because of the lack of time. Parents have little timeto spend in front of the computer or listen to music on the iPod or mp3 player, andthere are huge differences between children and parents when it comes to usingICT tools.

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