ERIC Number: EJ1084667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Technology Use in Rwandan Secondary Schools: An Assessment of Teachers' Attitudes towards Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Akinyemi, Felicia O.
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v25 n1 p20-35 2016
Technology use is evident in all spheres of human endeavour. Focusing on technology use in education, this paper examines teachers' attitudes towards geographic information system (GIS). An assessment was made of GIS teachers in Rwandan secondary schools. Key areas covered include how GIS is implemented in schools, teachers' attitudes and perception of GIS. The survey was restricted to teachers with prior trainings in GIS to ensure that all respondents are on the same footing as regards to their knowledge and exposure to GIS. Two pathways were identified for GIS implementation in Rwandan schools. GIS is either taught as a stand-alone subject or it is used in teaching other subjects. Teachers' attitudes were captured through their responses to seven statements. Based on the composite attitude measure, teachers' attitudes towards GIS were positive on all aspects examined. Examining the view that GIS technology is difficult to understand and use, it was found that teacher view differed based on their gender. GIS use in Rwandan schools can improve as all teachers believe in its benefits for teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Secondary Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Geographic Information Systems, Teacher Surveys, Gender Differences, Information Technology, Teacher Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Rwanda
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