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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 7, No. 3 (2011) open journal systems 


An approach to modeling ICT educational policies in African countries

Irina Y. Zlotnikova, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda
Theo P. van der Weide, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


Abstract
This paper aims at creating a model of ICT educational policies. The geographic scope of the study includes countries of sub-Saharan Africa. First, the components of a successful ICT educational policy have been identified. Second, country-related parameters have been identified based on available sources of the statistical information. Third, the links between the components of ICT educational policy and the country-related influential parameters have been established. These components, the influential parameters and the links established make the model of successful ICT educational policy. Then the proposed model has been elaborated using the data-mining technique called Formal Concept Analysis. Finally, the proposed model has been validated by establishing a taxonomy of sub-Saharan African countries. This research provides a framework for developing and improving ICT educational policies in these countries, as well as a tool for evaluation of ongoing ICT educational projects and success forecasting of future projects. Potential users of the results of this research include policymakers and practitioners involved in ICT educational projects.


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