Peering into the crystal ball of ICT Standards: a Futures Thinking perspective on Revising Namibia’s ICTs in Education Standards (ICTED)

ID: 40990 Type: Full Paper
  1. Perien Boer, University of Namibia, Namibia
  2. Hilary Wilder, William Paterson University, United States

Wednesday, March 19 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: City Terrace 4 View on map

Presider: Denise Shaw, Central Washington University, United States

Abstract: In this presentation we will discuss the way in which a Futures Thinking approach guided revisions of Namibia's ICTs in Education standards expected of K-12 teachers. We used it as a framework for identifying and rectifying shortcomings of the original standards: to improve coherence with other national policies and educational objectives (e.g. learner-centered education), address discrepancies between the standards and the realities in Namibian classrooms (currently and in the foreseeable future), and to provide teachers with a better understanding of their role in preparing students for participation in a knowledge society.

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