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GeSCI-PanAf Joint Workshop on Research in ICT Education & Development

Thursday 18 March 2010

Date: May 26, 2010, in the afternoon (14:00 – 18:00), Lusaka, Zambia



The jointly hosted workshop will be framed by the GeSCI commissioned ICT Education Meta-review Research conducted by Professor John Le Baron and Beth McDonough in two phases in 2009. Key findings emanating from the research report reveal a) an apparent disconnect between ICT in education and mainstream research and b) a general absence of the southern voice in the ICT education literature.

The workshop will bring together researchers and collaborating partners in a research panel discussion prior to the eLA conference that will serve as a knowledge exchange platform on African ICT-Education Research. The research panel presentations will provide a forum for researchers from different institutions and partnerships to share their original work, models and insights into the research development process in the African region. The open discussion will provide an opportunity to produce suggestions and recommendations to address issues on the use of innovative research in the African ICT- Education & Development context in a manner which will lead to sustained change.

The panel will include exemplary African researchers from IDRC’s PanAf network (Christopher GAKUU of the University of Nairobi, and Issifu YIDANA of the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana), and GeSCI’s research partnership network (Paul NLEYA, of the University of Botswana and Evode MUKAMA, of the National University of Rwanda)

The strategic objective of the workshop will be to reflect on existing experiences and models of research partnerships in the area of ICT in education and development, and the potential opportunities for developing / enhancing research efforts that are relevant to the issues and challenges of GeSCI-PanAf partner countries in the African region.
The specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  • present GeSCI-PanAf experiences of collaborative models, projects and original work in African ICT4E research
  • promote reflection and debate on the issues of the southern voice and collaborative partnerships in ICT education, research and development
  • explore parameters for GeSCI-PanAf research partnership collaboration to inform and shape policy and to contribute to the international literature

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