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Déjà vu: A legacy of repeated mistakes in National ICT in Education Initiatives

One of the first activities in my professional career was to participate in the Technology-Enhanced Learning Investigation of the South African Department of Education in the early 1990s, which ultimately led to the establishment of the South African White Paper on e-Education. This policy was gazetted in 2004 and, at the time, widely lauded as being the most comprehensive policy on ICT in education on the continent, although very few of its policy objectives were ever achieved. Since then, I spent considerable time researching, documenting, and evaluating ICT in education initiatives on the continent; for example in an extensive report …   Read More

TEACHING SCIENCE AS A WAY OF THINKING

INTRODUCTION What is it about Science which makes it an unattractive choice for many students today? While STEM aims to draw more students into learning science so as to produce more mathematicians, engineers and scientists, fewer students are seeing Science as an attractive option today. Science curricula and science education policies need to be aligned with the intent of drawing more students into learning and enjoying the subject better. How can such a change be initiated? THE NEED Despite many laudable initiatives to design curricula that connect scientific concepts to the learner’s own context, Science is often learnt as a …   Read More