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Enhancement of In-Service Teachers Training Programme through Mobile Phones in Tanzania
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (engelska)
2009 (English)In: E-learning Africa, 4th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training / [ed] Rebecca Stromeyer, 2009, 17-19 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Spurred on by the development of ICT technologies, learning and teaching practices are changing in Africa as well as in the rest of the world. This change is particularly evident in distance learning, where computers, but also other technical devices, are opening up for new modes of distributing learning materials and also for enabling communication between course participants. In an ongoing project in Tanzania for in-service education of secondary school teachers, the use of mobile phones for teaching and learning, both for communication and as media players, is tested.

 In Tanzania the greater number of primary school leavers has created a shortage of secondary school teachers with adequate capacity. At the same time, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Tanzania (MoEVT) has developed an ICT Policy for Basic Education. The MoEVT believes that the use of ICT in teaching and learning as well as administration and management provides a powerful tool to achieve educational and national development objectives. The project "ICT-Based In-Service Teacher Education for Secondary School Teacher in Tanzania" (ICT BITES) is one such initiative. It was set up to deal with the above mentioned shortage of qualified teachers. The project was initiated by MoEVT and is funded by SPIDER, The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions.  

There is a special focus in the project on in-service education of "licensed teachers", teachers with only a few weeks of formal teacher education. A number of these licensed teachers are enrolled in an education program run by the Open University of Tanzania. It is planned that 50 students in this group shall participate in a project pilot, using ICT, including mobile phones, to increase their capacity as teachers. 

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2009. 17-19 p.
Keyword [en]
mobile learning, Africa, teacher training
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
Education; English
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-44313ISBN: 978-3-941055-04-9OAI: diva2:420035
4th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, Dakar (Senegal), 27-29 Mayo 2009
Available from: 2011-05-30 Created: 2011-05-30 Last updated: 2011-06-28Bibliographically approved

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