Sarah Glencross' Confirmation Presentation

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Sarah Glencross' Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Sarah Glencross, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Bridging the digital divide: Applying an integrated model of motivation to understand Internet engagement in people with intellectual disability and cognitive impairment

Presenter: Sarah Glencross

When: Tuesday 18th September, 2pm-4pm 

Where: E1.03


It is widely acknowledged that people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment are less likely to have the same degree of Internet access and skill as the majority of the population, and consequently a ‘digital divide’ exists between this group and other Internet users. Increasingly, individuals who cannot access a wide range of services on the Internet are at risk of becoming disadvantaged socially, economically, and civically. As a result, this digital divide has the potential to compound the lack of control and opportunity that individuals living with an intellectual disability often experience in their everyday lives. The present research seeks to identify the motivational pathway for Internet engagement amongst individuals with mild and moderate intellectual disability and cognitive impairment in Australia. New approaches in motivation research indicate that self-determination theory and the theory of planned behaviour can be integrated to describe a motivational sequence in which self-determined motives are predictors of attitudes and perceived behavioural control, whilst theory of planned behaviour variables are predictors of the formation of intentions to engage in behaviour. The present research applies the integration of these theories to the prediction of Internet engagement amongst people with intellectual disability in order to identify the key supports and barriers to Internet use amongst this group.

Sarah Glencross has completed a Bachelor of Primary Teaching with Geography (Honours) and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She is registered as a teacher with the Department for Education in the UK and the Queensland College of Teachers in Australia. She spent 15 years teaching at primary schools in London, during that time she gained broad experience of working with children who have special needs. She also spent several years working as a school principal and as part of that role was the designated child protection officer for the school. She currently works as an equity practitioner in the Student Access and Diversity Unit at USC. Her research experience includes her primary teaching honours thesis which was a study into home-school reading partnerships and her psychology honours thesis which was a study into student wellbeing. She has also worked as a research assistant on two National Priority Pool projects which examined the factors which contribute to the success of students from low SES backgrounds. ​

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