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Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) (Vol 1 No 1)
Article Title: Integration of Computers in Teaching of Textiles and Clothing at Tertiary Institutions; A Case Study of Masvingo Teachers' College, Zimbabwe
by Dzikite, C; Chimbindi, F and Dandira, T.

This article is based on the study that was conducted among tertiary teachers' colleges in Masvingo province in Zimbabwe to examine the challenges of integrating computer as an instructional teaching strategy. The study employed qualitative research methodology with in-depth interviews and observations providing the data elicited from respondents. The key findings of the study showed that lecturers and students held views that computers were not supposed to change everything in the education system but used as part of the existing teaching strategies. It also emerged that lecturers could hardly use most of the computer software such as spreadsheets, PowerPoint, databases and even internet. There was a great shortage of good quality and appropriate computer software at all the colleges for use in practical departments like Textiles and Clothing. It was concluded that lecturers who were supposed to integrate computers were never exposed to a variety of possibilities on the use of computers in teaching. The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary education is recommended to educate lecturers through in-service courses that feature high quality training on the use of computers as an instructional strategy if the goal of computerising the education system is to be achieved. If the challenges of integrating computers revealed and recommendations raised in this research could be implemented by all sectors of the education system, this could positively benefit lecturers, administrators and students to accomplish long standing educational goals such as improving basic literacy and student inquiry.
Keywords: computer, information and communication technology (Ict), computer aided design, spreadsheets, powerpoint
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Department of Teacher Education
College of Education
Michigan State University
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