An Analysis of Factors Affecting use of Computer Technology in Rural Secondary Schools by ODL Students Who are Secondary School Teachers in Mbire District of Mashonaland Central Province of Zimbabwe
Incorporating ICT into teaching and learning has been shown to boost students’ academic achievement. Its advantages are felt by people from all walks of life. Despite its importance, ODL students who must utilise ICT in their university studies as well as in teaching and learning tend to value its implementation more. As a result, the goal of this research was to find out what factors influence ODL students who are studying at an Open and Distance Learning university while still teaching in secondary schools. A descriptive survey was used in the research. design, as well as a mixed-methods approach The study included 78 ODL students who are secondary school teachers as participants. A combination of systematic random sampling and selective sampling was used to choose the 40 respondents and 5 participants. Data was gathered and created through questionnaires, interviews, and observations. Frequency tables, graphs, and descriptive statistics were used to provide quantitative data, while transcripts and themes were used to present qualitative data. Material and infrastructure resources are in short supply, according to the report. The lecturers and facilitators lack the requisite knowledge. Computers are used by teachers. to improve their professional work in a limited way Teachers’ opinions toward using computers in the classroom have an impact on the innovation’s implementation. Due to financial constraints, schools are finding it difficult to outsource computer equipment and create computer laboratories. As a result, the study recommends that ODL students attend in-service training sessions or even take short computer courses. Outdated computers must be replaced with contemporary, higher-capacity PCs. The government should fund the acquisition and construction of infrastructure for schools. Staff development in schools and the community on strategies to generate cash is required.
Author (S) Details
Dr. Rittah Kasowe
Educational Studies, Zimbabwe Open University 209 Hay road Bindura, Zimbabwe.
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