Teachers On-Line in Africa: The Issue of Access
Annette Wilkinson, Vista Univ., South Africa ; Liezel Wilkinson, Technikon Free State, South Africa
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
South Africa is on the threshold of drastic changes in the field of education. The ideal is to move away from the stereotyped teaching methods and passive learning to a learner-centered approach. This is linked to efforts to address inequalities in education and to overcome historical disadvantages. One of the major stumbling-blocks, however, is the relatively underqualified teacher corps and the massive undertaking of the retraining of ten thousands of teachers - many of them in re90%mote areas, far from the larger training centers. A lack of basic infrastructures further complicates the situation. The major issues addressed in this paper concern the availability of the necessary infrastructure and technology for the delivery of effective learning opportunities, and the nature of several innovative projects inclined to create learning communities of educators and learners that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enhance education.
Wilkinson, A. & Wilkinson, L. (2001). Teachers On-Line in Africa: The Issue of Access. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3090-3095). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).