Policy Papers and Research

"In this paper the authors explore the complex and challenging concept of ICT integration in marginalized schools. A number of theoretical considerations for ICT integration are discussed. These include barriers to integration, teachers’ pedagogical beliefs, teacher selfefficacy, and knowledge areas for ICT integration. The authors also reflect on ICT integration in a particular project in a rural district in the Eastern Province of South Africa."

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Tags: ICT in Education Policy papers and Research on ICT

"This study investigates the dynamics of the e-Education policy implementation, with emphasis on its goal to deploy and integrate ICT into curricula, in all South African schools. Selected schools in underdeveloped areas of the Western Cape were chosen as case samples. Activity theory (AT) was used to provide an analytical framework for the study."

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Tags: Policy papers and Research on ICT

"This research was conducted to explore and understand how those South African science teachers who have access to ICT use it when they teach science. It was done to explain some of the reasons those teachers use ICT in the ways that they do, and to gain a better insight into the value that using ICT adds to both teaching and learning science."

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Tags: ICT in Education Policy papers and Research on ICT

"In terms of the White Paper on e-Education, a national framework for teacher development in ICT has to be developed. The framework should provide an understanding of the interrelationship between different components of teacher development in order to assist teachers, managers, policy makers and service providers. This document sets out the ICT knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed by teachers to implement the National Curriculum Statement effectively."

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Tags: ICT in Education Teacher Development Policy papers and Research on ICT

"Information Communication Technology (ICT) integration in the classroom is often viewed as a panacea towards resolving South Africa’s education challenges. However, ICT integration in education in South Africa has been severely limited by operational, strategic and pedagogic challenges.

In part, addressing the strategic and operational challenges involves understanding the current landscape of ICT integration in schools. There is scant information on the practical enforcement of ICTs in the classroom. The aim of this research is to determine the extent of ICT usage in South African schools in order to obtain an understanding of the practical enforcement of ICTs at the school level.

Tags: Education ICT in Education Policy Papers and Research

Read more: A Snapshot Survey of ICT Integration in South African Schools

The new e-Education Strategy serves as a plan for the implementation of e-Education in S. Africa. This implementation plan is guided & informed by the White Paper on e-Education 2004 and aims

  • Implement the strategic objectives of the White Paper on e-Education (2004)
  • Support the attainment of the relevant goals (16 & 20) of Action Plan to 2014
  • Support the activities of all strategies that support the National Strategy for Learner Attainment (NSLA)

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Read more: Implementation Strategy for e-Education in South Africa: 2013 - 2025

"While ICT has been used in many parts of the world to improve the quality and increase access to education, most African countries still face the challenge that increased expenditure on education is not necessarily achieving the expected benefits. This chapter examines the potential for the use of ICT to support improvement and transformation of the education sector in Africa, including brief case studies of South Africa, Uganda and Senegal. It identifies specific opportunities and challenges, and recommends areas of intervention for governments, development partners and other stakeholders.

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Read more: ICTs for Education in Africa

In this 2004 White paper on e-Education the Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, wrote:

"The challenge of providing modern technologies to schools in order to enhance the quality of learning and teaching will require a significant investment. Given the magnitude of the task ahead, and in the true spirit of Tirisano, the public and private sectors will have to join hands to ensure that our children receive high-quality learning and teaching. This White Paper represents a new framework for the collaboration of Government and the private sector in the provision of ICTs in education. Through this initiative, we hope that we will be able to turn our schools into centres of quality learning and teaching for the twenty-first century. We hope this White Paper will enable the education sector and all our partners to ensure optimal availability and use of ICTs in education, in a manner that will create better access to quality education for all, and bridge the digital divide, both within our country, and between our country and other parts of the world." 

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