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Panafrican Research Agenda on the Pedagogical Integeration of ICTs Observatory

May 20, 2010  »  Education & ICT PolicyNo Comment

Click to head check out http://www.observatoiretic.org

Despite the long name, this resource (in partnership with UNESCO) is simple to use and browsing its myriad of entries is a great way to spend an afternoon. Most of the data is from the period 2007-2009 and can still considered current.

Some background information from the site:

…With Phase 1 (2007-2009), the PanAf network succeeded both in collecting an unprecedented depth of data on ICTs in African schools, and in developing exceptional international partnerships with the World Bank and UNESCO. The schools described in the Phase 1 research represent nearly 245 000 learners and 9000 educators, and paint a never-before-seen portrait of the pedagogical integration of ICTs across Africa.

The main research question asked by PanAf Phase 2 (2009-2011) is: “How, for whom and under what circumstances can the pedagogical integration of ICTs substantially improve the quality of teaching and learning at all levels and scales of African education systems?”

Search by country, by ICT indicator, or summary data. 13 select countries have information on the institution level, but all include information on:

  • National education and ICT policy
  • Equipment, connectivity and access
  • Teacher-training
  • ICT use
  • Impact on educators and teaching
  • Impact of ICT on learners and learning
  • Institution management and ICT
  • Policy related to equity
  • Gender
  • Cultural and content sensitivity
  • Special education
  • Language
  • Auxiliary documents

Of course, the information is only as comprehensive as participants were able (or willing) to provide. For example, the site says that both Chad and Gabon have national ICT plans in development, but there is no data (or even a date of entry) to support such information. Still, the majority of the information is useful and it will be interesting to see what Phase 2 concludes in a year.

+ National education and ICT policy (6 available subcategories; 5 have data, including 2 documents)

+ Equipment, connectivity and access (8 available subcategories; 7 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Teacher-training (12 available subcategories; 9 have data, including 0 documents)

+ ICT use (14 available subcategories; 8 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Impact on educators and teaching (1 available subcategory; 0 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Impact of ICT on learners and learning (3 available subcategories; 0 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Institution management and ICT (10 available subcategories; 5 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Gender (2 available subcategories; 2 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Cultural and content sensitivity (1 available subcategory; 0 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Special education (1 available subcategory; 1 has data, including 0 documents)

+ Language (1 available subcategory; 0 have data, including 0 documents)

+ Auxiliary documents