ICT and teacher education in the global south: costing the benefits of learning
The DEEP Project has been working with teachers and teacher educators in South Africa and Egypt, to explore the potential of open learning, enhanced by the use of ICT, for the professional development of teachers in the Global South: aiming to improve teaching and learning in literacy, numeracy and science.
This paper considers a cost / benefit analysis of the range of resources required, contrasting the model of state-of-the-art mobile technologies for teachers with the more typical model of IT suites of refurbished computers. The question this paper seeks to address is this: are the approaches explored by the DEEP project a cost effective means for the nations of the global south to rise to the challenge of creating a teaching workforce, sufficient in numbers, knowledge, skills, practices and professional dignity, to provide meaningful Universal Primary Education?
Paper presented to the Pan Commonwealth Conference, Commonwealth of Learning, Dunedin, New Zealand, July 2004, 15 pp.