Enabling and constraining ICT practice in secondary schools: case studies in South Africa

Abstract

The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education is being seen as a way of widening access to education, particularly in developing countries. This paper addresses the issue of ICT implementation in secondary schools and focuses specifically on the practices that enable or constrain the successful implementation of ICT for teaching and learning activities. It reflects upon the lessons learned from a collective case study undertaken in 12 of the 13 secondary schools in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. School principals and designated IT teachers were interviewed and on-site infrastructure audits conducted. This paper identifies a number of key enabling and constraining factors surrounding practical issues, including sufficient hardware, appropriate software and affordable connectivity, sufficient technical support and training, policy-related issues such as the role of national, provincial and school policy, the vital contribution of principal leadership and champion teachers as well as ongoing teacher professional development coupled with a willingness to change.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2007.015551

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@article{HodgkinsonWilliams2007EnablingAC, title={Enabling and constraining ICT practice in secondary schools: case studies in South Africa}, author={Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Ingrid Sieb{\"{o}rger and Alfredo Terzoli}, journal={IJKL}, year={2007}, volume={3}, pages={171-190} }