Can New Modes of Digital Learning Help Resolve the Teacher Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa?

dc.contributor.author Moon, Bob
dc.contributor.author Villet, Charmaine
dc.coverage.spatial Africa en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-09T19:34:19Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-09T19:34:19Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03
dc.description.abstract Sub-Saharan Africa, more than any other part of the world, is experiencing a crisis in finding sufficiently qualified teachers to meet the needs of expanding school systems. The professional development support provided to serving teachers is also inadequate in most countries. The most recent data on learner outcomes has revealed a worrying picture of significant under-achievement across the region. This paper argues that the teacher education and training structures of the last century will never be able to meet urgent contemporary needs. Given population growth, especially among the young, large-scale expansion of the teaching force and the associated teacher education systems will be the norm through to the middle years of the century and beyond. In this context the paper argues for a significant policy shift to expand quality teacher education and professional support at scale through a more school-based and digitally supported network model of provision. Examples of current digital programmes within the region are considered as well as the new technologies that are emerging with relevance to teacher education. The paper suggests a three-phase process through which national governments might move in making the necessary changes in policy and practice. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2311-1550
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/2768
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Commonwealth of Learning (COL) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Learning for Development;vol. 4, no. 1
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ en_US
dc.source.uri http://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/194/189 en_US
dc.subject Teacher Education en_US
dc.subject Open Educational Resources (OER) en_US
dc.subject Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) en_US
dc.subject Technology and Innovation en_US
dc.title Can New Modes of Digital Learning Help Resolve the Teacher Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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