Mapolisa and Tshabalala
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (7), pp. 345-353, September 2013
ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 051713622
The Potentials of Information and Communication Technology in the Department of Teacher Development: Zimbabwe Open University’s Post Graduate Diploma in Education Students’ Perceptions
*1Prof. Tichaona Mapolisa and 2Thembinkosi Tshabalala (Dr)
1Acting Chairperson for the Department of Educational Studies and National Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Education in Educational Management in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.
2Senior Lecturer and National Programme Leader for the Master of Education in Educational Management in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.
2Email: tshabalalathembinkosi @ yahoo.com, Phone: +263 776 425 222
*Corresponding Author’s Email: tichmap @ gmail.com / tichmapolisa @ yahoo.co.uk,
Phone: +263 733 608 577 or +263 775 987 351
Teacher Development programmes
seem not to be dealing with the challenges of integrating
technology in their curricular. The issue of potentials of
information and communication technology in teacher
preparation needs to be debated, critiqued and examined. The
paper surveys the potentials of ICT in teacher development
with particular reference to 20 Postgraduate Diploma in
Education (PGDE) Intakes 8 and 9 students at the Zimbabwe
Open University (ZOU). Questionnaires were administered on a
convenience sample of 20 respondents. A mixed method up
roach was employed to gather, analyse and interpret data.
Findings highlighted great potentials of ICT in teacher
development. Most respondents indicated that ICT helps them
to research and become better students and practitioners. A
general negative attitude, fear and anxiety among tutors and
students was viewed as drawback to the potentials of ICT in
the teacher development by some respondents. The study
concluded that the module for teaching computers need to be
complemented with a lot of practice. It recommended the need
to thoroughly train tutors and student teachers in ICT for
the benefit of learners in schools. ZOU needs to mobilize
resources to build adequate ICT infrastructure and purchase
enough hardware and software for use by PGDE students.
Keywords: ICT, ICT potentials, teacher development, PGDE students.