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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 10, No. 4 (2014) open journal systems 


Evaluation of a pilot project on information and communication technology for rural education development: A Cofimvaba case study on the educational use of tablets

Acheson Charles AC Phiri, Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) in Southern Africa, South Afri
Thato foko, CSIR Meraka Institute of Technology, South Africa
Nare Mahwai, CSIR Meraka Institute of Technology, South Africa


Abstract
In an endeavour to find solutions to the country’s improving but ailing education the South African government through some of its department is attempting to find out if the introduction of technology in the class room has the promised potential to improve teaching and learning. The paper is based on a pilot study currently underway in Cofimvaba in Eastern Cape Province where tablets have been introduced in a number of schools to teachers. The paper used Cofimvaba ICT4RED initiative as a case study. The main research methodology is qualitative multiple case study research with interpretivism as philosophy. Results were gathered though the use of questionnaires which were handed out to teachers. The respondents have accepted the technology and started using it in their professional and personal circumstances. This is another important step towards improvement of education in poorly resourced schools.


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