Project Information

Funded institution:
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Short Title:
Managing ICTs in SA Education
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This project builds on previous work at CPUT, UCT and the University of Limpopo. It will develop an integrative understanding of how to successfully manage the benefits of ICTs in education - at all points in the teaching and learning process, and at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

The project will gather evidence of success and failure and apply existing information and technology management theories so as to develop a new body of knowledge and practical guidelines for educators and policy makers.

Problem Identification

The South African National Research Foundation recognises the challenges faced in South African education, and has established a clear need for further research, including meta-studies and systemic approaches. (Botha, 2009; Deacon, Osman & Buchler, 2009; Holtman, Mukwada & Du Plooy, 2009; Motala 2009). Education is facing a range of challenges including curriculum design, teacher capability, and resource availability - especially in rural and periurban areas.

One of the great hopes for the improvement and advancement of education, of course, has been the introduction and adoption of information and communications technologies (ICTs). The expectation has been to make a wider range of learning resources available in schools and tertiaries, and to facilitate the work of teachers and administrators in education so as to make it more effective.

The project proposed here will undertake a broad, systemic review of ICTs in education in South Africa, at the level of a meta-study. It will advance the delivery of real ICT benefits by the introduction of improved management of education technology, of education systems, and of the information that sits at the very heart of education - the principal education resource. It will examine all levels of education, and all stages in the delivery of learning.

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