ERIC Number: ED529346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
IT Implementation in ITE in the Limpopo Province (South Africa): A Dream or Reality?
Monobe, Ratau John
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 6 p885-893 2011
This paper describes the results of a survey about the most critical issues facing the implementation of IT (information technology) ITE (initial teacher education) in all the HBUs (historically black universities) in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Over 250 responses were received and both universities in the Limpopo Province were represented. Reactions showed that the most critical problems were associated with access to IT equipment, prior learning, rapid technological change, the gap between pre-service and in-service education, gender bias and the age gap, the lack of accommodation for housing computers, the lack of planning, the lack of genuine sponsorship that can sustain the innovation, the lack of expertise in purchasing, the lack of appropriately trained IT teachers, the lack of IT integration in the classroom by teachers, the lack of consensus about the use of IT, the fear for innovation by teachers, budget controllers for IT, and the lack of stability by heads of institutions and the fluctuating budget from government. There were interesting recommendations which included resources should be bought, undergraduate programmes should offer computer literacy, outdated computers need to be provided to help student teachers, IT needs to be demystified through the involvement of both sexes, computer laboratories need to be established within the Faculties of Education, coordination between universities and government is needed, careful analysis of sponsorship need to be done, education planners need to be knowledgeable, curriculum for student teachers should include IT as a compulsory module, there is a need for consultation and cooperation between faculties and schools of education and computer centers and budget controllers need to know the importance of IT in teacher education.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Program Implementation, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Black Colleges, Influence of Technology, Performance Factors, Barriers, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa