Integration of ICT in teaching and learning biology: a case study of a secondary school in Mvomero district, Tanzania.
Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
Dr. Fredrick Mtenzi
Institute for Educational Development, East Africa
This study was conducted to find out how Biology teachers integrate ICT in teaching and learning activities. The plan for carrying out this study was motivated by various policies such as Education and Training Policy 1995; ICT Policy 2007, and Education Policy 2014which emphasize the integration of ICT in basic education. However, teaching and learning of Biology requires much use of technology, the information regarding to teachers if they are using ICT in teaching and learning Biology is inadequate. This qualitative research study, therefore, explored how teachers integrate ICT in teaching and learning of Biology in one of selected secondary school in Mvomero district, Tanzania. Data were collected using interviews, classroom observations and documentary analysis. The findings from the study showed that teachers are willing to integrate ICT in teaching and learning Biology if there are adequate facilities, reliable infrastructures, and well trained in ICT integration. Teachers and students appreciate the importance of applying ICT in teaching and learning Biology. However, in order to benefit with ICT in teaching and learning Biology, they need support so as to overcome the barriers which hinders ICT integration in Biology. Again, integration of ICT in teaching and learning Biology seem to be critical issue to many teachers. This is due to the system of ICT training they have acquired in teachers‟ education colleges. Colleges train teachers ICT basics but not ICT as teaching and learning tool. As a result, teachers face challenges of applying it in classroom practices. This study recommends that further researches to be conducted in future for schools which have different models and/or characteristics to see if they have similar needs and challenges for ICT integration.
Jamal Hassan Mwaya. (2017). Integration of ICT in teaching and learning biology: a case study of a secondary school in Mvomero district, Tanzania. (Unpublished Masters Thesis). Dar es salaam: Aga Khan University