An international study of middle school students' preferences about digital interactive education activities for promoting psychological well-being and mental health

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The present study investigated students' preferences about technology tools and digital education activities to be used in classroom to facilitate the implementation of a mental health promotion program.

METHOD: Students' preferences have been elicited during one session focus group lasting 60 minutes. Overall, 26 focus groups, facilitated by 33 teachers, were organized in 9 schools of five European countries. Overall, 283 students who attended the first, second and third year of middle school (aged 10-15 years) volunteered to participate in the focus groups.

RESULTS: The majority of preferences indicated smartphone to communicate or to get information and tablet for a better use in classroom. Collaborative games have been considered as more useful and beneficial compared to the other digital educational activities proposed.

CONCLUSIONS: Teachers require further insight into the pedagogical role of ICT and training. There is a need to encourage them to provide opportunities to allow students to use technology to solve problems or develop abilities for a better socio-emotional functioning and, ultimately, mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-117
Number of pages10
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2019

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Audiovisual Aids
  • Child
  • Computers, Handheld
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Promotion/methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health/education
  • Multimedia
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Psychology, Child
  • Smartphone
  • Students/psychology

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