The challenges of implementing AV1 successfully in school.
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Every year, many children and adolescents are prevented from attending school because of poor health. AV1 is a tool for chronically ill children and adolescents, which allows virtual contact with peers and school to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation in the event of illness. However, there are many factors that come into play when something new is to be implemented in the school and classroom. There is often skepticism about new technology, and a robot in the classroom is not something most people are used to. This is why I have chosen to focus on implementation research in my thesis. Implementation research is a growing but not well-understood field of health research that can contribute to more effective public health and clinical policies and programs. Based on this information, the following research question is formulated. What are the challenges in implementing AV1 in schools? I have chosen the qualitative interview as an effective way to acquire knowledge about how the school employees and parents have experienced and reflected on the implementation of AV1. This master thesis is also inspired by an interpretive view of qualitative methods. The data is analyzed using thematic analysis. Here, the essence of the informants' statements is extracted and discussed in light of the theoretical framework of the study; NASSS - Non-adoption, Abandonment, and challenges of Scale-up, Spread and Sustainability of technology in health and social care. The findings of the study report that the biggest obstacle with AV1 is the technology, especially the network connectivity and the audio. As a result, plenary teaching and communication does not always work that well. Other than that, I found there is a need for guidelines on how to retrieve consent, how to introduce AV1 to the class and how to use it in lessons, as well as new practical routines. Having rules and guideline to adhere to can potentially eliminate a number of uncertainties around implementation. Lastly, the study report that teachers have positive attitudes towards adopting AV1 to include the chronically ill student in school life, provided the technology works.