DEVELOPING AN ICT CURRICULUM IN THE CONTEXT OF NINE YEAR SCHOOLING
Mauritius Institute of Education (MAURITIUS)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2016
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Recently, the Mauritian Government has embarked on a major curriculum change with the introduction of a nine year schooling system. The introduction of ICT as a subject in primary school curriculum and ICT in the first three years of secondary school is one of the change proposed. Although ICT already existed as a subject in secondary school, with the advent of nine year schooling this curriculum demands a review. This paper describe the process used to develop the ICT curriculum.
Data for this study was obtained from various sources. A questionnaire was administered to secondary school teachers to get their views on the existing curriculum. The DACUM process was used to obtain views of teachers with various level of experience and coming from diverse schools. A qualitative data analysis software was used to analyse and interpret data.
It was found that teachers have different views on topics that should be included and topics that should be removed from the curriculum. Their responses varied according to the type of schools and learners they work with. The findings also suggests that teachers view in-service training to be important in empowering them to teach the new curriculum.
Keywords: Curriculum, ICT, DACUM.