The use of ICT in mathematics teachers’ practice in secondary schools in Tanzania
Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
Dr. Anjum Halai
Institute for Educational Development, East Africa
The purpose of this study was to explore how secondary mathematics teachers involved in a National ICT Project (NIP) use ICT in their teaching practice. A qualitative approach was used for the study which was done in one of the seven zones which make up NIP. Data was collected through interviews, document analysis and observation. In Tanzania, the National ICT Project aims to enhance teaching and learning of mathematics by providing ICT equipment, training and electronic content to secondary schools. However, availability of ICT will not improve learning on its own. The process through which ICT enhances teaching and learning depends on how teachers use it. The findings of the study were that teachers of NIP are currently using ICT for preparatory and administrative tasks though classroom use was not yet evident. School factors limit teachers’ use of ICT while factors related to the National ICT Project including teachers’ contributions to the project prepared teachers to use ICT in their teaching practice. Teachers had views about ICT, its potential and how it could address issues arising due to contextual pressures. Recommendations include training teachers on how to integrate ICT in all aspects of teaching practice and modifying current practices to encourage use of ICT. Suggestions for further studies are also discussed.
Sarungi, Veronica (2012). The use of ICT in mathematics teachers’ practice in secondary schools in Tanzania (Unpublished Masters Thesis). Dar es salaam: Aga Khan University