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ICT usage in Ghanaian secondary schools: teachers’ perspectives

Charles Buabeng-Andoh (Pentecost University College, Accra, Ghana)

International Journal of Information and Learning Technology

ISSN: 2056-4880

Article publication date: 2 November 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate secondary school teachers’ perspectives on ICT usage in secondary schools in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 376 teachers from 24 public and private schools from four regions in Ghana participated in this study. Survey and focus group interviews were used for data collection. Descriptive statistics and independent sample t-tests were used to analyze the findings.

Findings

The result indicated that teachers’ perceived ICT usage, perceived access to ICT, perceived ICT training and perceived ICT competence were low. Furthermore, the analysis showed that male teachers’ perceived confidence in the use of ICT was higher than female teachers. On the other hand, the perceived administrative support for female teachers was more than that for male teachers. Finally, this study discovered that there was no significant difference in public and private school teachers’ access to ICT, administrative support, self-efficacy, competencies and training.

Originality/value

This contributes to the literature on the perceptions and use of teachers’ ICT in secondary schools. The results provide insights into factors that teachers perceived as obstacles to integration of ICT into their teaching, particularly in developing nations. The study shows that teachers’ perceived ICT competencies and ICT training do not depend on the type of school the teacher is employed to teacher.

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Citation

Buabeng-Andoh, C. (2015), "ICT usage in Ghanaian secondary schools: teachers’ perspectives", International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 300-312. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJILT-09-2015-0022

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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