TITLE

ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN INTEGRATING ICT INTO TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICES TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF EDUCATION

AUTHOR(S)
ALEMU, BIRHANU MOGES
PUB. DATE
April 2013
SOURCE
International Journal of Research in Computer Application & Mana;Apr2013, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Developments in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and its applications in teaching and learning are calling for instructors to integrate ICT into instruction. It is the only option to accomplish the intended change in developing students. This study aims on exploring the process of integrating ICT into teaching and learning and its emerging challenges in University. The researcher used descriptive survey method to asses instructors' experiences in integrating ICT into instructional process. The results revealed that both the instructor and student respondents have positive attitudes towards ICT and considerable knowledge and positive understanding of ICT. However, the university fails to provide appropriate ICT-training courses for instructors to develop their technical ICT skills. Having said this, there are crucial examples of horizontal integration; that is, the instructors provide opportunities for the students to use ICT in meaningful contexts. The study suggest that there is a relationship between the practitioners' stages of concern and stages of adoption, which can be described as follows: the personal level of concern moves from the self-concerns' to task and impact-concerns', the personal adoption level is also likely to move from entry to invention. Although the researcher identified some crucial factors that has prevented the instructors and students from using ICT resources in teaching and learning, among these the institutional factors such as lack of proper access to ICT resources, overcrowded-classrooms, lack of technical and pedagogical support are more influential on the integration process.
ACCESSION #
88009424

 

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