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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Managing ICTs in South African Schools: A guide for school principals

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Research reports & papers
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The South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)
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During 2002 and 2003, with the support of funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) undertook an extensive research project to investigate the use of computers for teaching and learning in South African schools. On completion of the project, SAIDE published its findings in a research report published in 2003. This project, which investigated the use of computers in 21 schools, together with research undertaken by various other organisations, shows that one of the reasons why information and communication technology (ICT) projects in schools do not succeed is that principals are often not properly informed about what ICTs can or cannot do. This often hampers their ability to manage the introduction of ICTs into their schools.