EdTECH Research Summary

What are secondary school teachers’ and students’ perceptions of applying Information and Communication technologies (ICTs) in the teaching of mathematics, science and English, and how does the use of tablet computers in particular impact on student learning? Whilst there is a general consensus that ICT can help enable learning, existing research does not provide clear evidence as to how, or why, using tablets in classroom contexts can improve learning outcomes1. It is therefore recommended that future research moves beyond exploration towards more in-depth investigations and takes into account both teacher and student perspectives relating to their introduction and use.

Newcastle University and HDIF Tanzania have conducted a study on two HDIF-funded pilot programmes focusing on technological resources that support education (‘EdTech’) – one implemented by the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) and the other by the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC).