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ERIC Number: ED503298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 71
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Towards a Strategy on Developing African Teacher Capabilities in the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Commonwealth of Learning
This study was commissioned by SchoolNet Africa (SNA) in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA). It is the most extensive examination to date of teacher training in information and communication technology (ICT) in African countries at both the pre-service and in-service levels. Through documentary review, interviews and discussions with a broad range of stakeholders and service providers involved in the field of ICT training for African teachers, this report has identified and listed as many of the ICT courses and programmes available to African teachers as possible. A broad range of these courses and programmes has been evaluated in more detail in order to highlight the obstacles and challenges to ICT integration in teacher training in Africa. This has informed some recommendations for strategic interventions at a national level to aid in moving forward with ICT integration by and for African teachers. Findings suggest that there is a requirement to start to systematise interventions in African teacher capacity-building in ICT in order to ensure greater impact from the time, energy and financial resources that are being spent in this field. Systematisation will best occur through the development of a pan-African strategy on building African teacher capacity in ICT, created in partnership with all relevant stakeholders. This report begins by describing the conceptual framework for the development of African teacher capabilities in the use of ICT. It also defines some of the terms and concepts used. This is followed by a section on research methodology, and then a literature review highlighting some of the key issues identified. A section summarising the range of practice identified in this research is next, followed by a summary of the findings of the detailed evaluations and case studies. The obstacles and challenges to integrating ICT capabilities into teacher training, as identified by this research, are then highlighted. The report concludes with recommendations on strategic interventions at the national level for integrating ICT capability into teacher training systems.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning
Identifiers - Location: Africa