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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 7, No. 2 (2011) open journal systems 


Students’ preparedness to integrate Information and Communication Technology tools and resources for the learning of Organic Chemistry concepts in the District of Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Crispen Erinos Bhukuvhani, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Nicholas Zezekwa, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Gladys Sunzuma, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe


Abstract
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools form an important component in the teaching-learning process. The research surveyed 100 A’ Level students’ views on the availability of ICT tools and resources and their preparedness in terms of computer literacy to successfully integrate ICT resources in learning organic chemistry concepts. A self-constructed questionnaire was used to collect data complemented by in-depth interviews and in-situ observations. Data collected was analysed using SPSS Version 15 to find frequencies of commonly held views. The study revealed students had no ready access to computers. Computer usage for learning purposes and other uses was relatively low. Schools had no Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) software. However, the students agreed to a larger extent that integrating ICT in teaching and learning of Chemistry enhances conceptual understanding of Organic Chemistry. The researchers recommend that it must not only be the role of the teacher to encourage for the increased use of ICT tools but all stakeholders (parents, government, industry) to realise fruits from this noble endeavour.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556