ICT for quality education: Lessons from pioneering schools in Africa
Thierry Karsenti, University of Montreal, Canada ; Kathryn Touré, ERNWACA, Mali ; Salomon Tchameni Ngamo, University of Yaounde, Cameroon ; Stephane Villeneuve, University of Montreal, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This research presents an overview of an extensive research effort carried out in five sub-Saharan African countries (Benin, Ghana, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal). It shows how African schools are striving to integrate ICT into education systems, one step at a time, so they can take their place among an international learning network, among the thousands of educational institutions worldwide where ICT have been entrenched. We illustrate how many schools are phasing in practical uses of the Internet by teachers and students. And, through multimedia centres, computer labs and cyber cafés, they have even broken new ground and developed innovative adaptations for particular situations. Regardless of the amount of computer equipment, Internet connections or sporadic use of ICT in the schools, the key challenge remains to achieve regular pedagogical use of these technologies to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Indeed, there is evidence of a shift of paradigm in African schools : from teachability to learnability.
Karsenti, T., Touré, K., Tchameni Ngamo, S. & Villeneuve, S. (2008). ICT for quality education: Lessons from pioneering schools in Africa. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2339-2341). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).