Desmond Govender

Desmond Govender
University of KwaZulu-Natal | ukzn · School of Education - Computer Science Education

PhD

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The emphasis on programming and robotics owing to the unfolding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the African continent has led the South African National Department of Education to propose a new subject in Grades R to 9. Hence, the training and development of pre-service teachers is crucial so that they can respond to the skills needed in the...
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The increasing influence of technology in education has made us want to understand how teachers will view its use when teaching Euclidean geometry. Teachers’ technological knowledge, skills; competence and readiness are crucial, in their preparation to integrate technologies in their future classrooms. This paper is part of a larger study that look...
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The introduction of online-supported teaching and learning in education calls for a better understanding of how online support is experienced by South African students (many of whom encounter this technology for the very first time at university) and how their experiences of online support may influence their learning. The mixed-methods approach us...
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The integration of computer-based technology (CBT) into traditional face-to-face education has significantly affected many aspects of education systems worldwide. This article reports on the availability and frequency of use of CBT resources among undergraduate students in federal universities in South West Nigeria. Specifically, the study sought t...
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Universities across the globe have invested heavily in a Learning Management System (LMS); however, the adoption and usage is hindered by a number of factors. Recently, a University of Technology (UoT) in KwaZulu-Natal embarked on a major re-circulation drive to embrace student-centred learning. However, this process was stalled by slow maturity us...
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Public management reform in most countries across the world has received much attention in recent days. One aspect of public management is Service delivery and it is what either makes or breaks a society. The use of e-governance / e-government has proved to be successful in many parts of the world (Euan, 2012). This study investigated the impact of...
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Traditionally learning was transmission of knowledge from the teacher to the learner, but today, it is a two-way process where both the teacher and the learner are involved. Mobile technology devices have taken the world by storm. Many people own a mobile technology device, and these devices are now also used in teaching and learning. Different lea...
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The integration of Internet-based collaborative tools such as Web 2.0 technologies to facilitate the design process has rendered collaborative design a chaotic practice filled with controversy and uncertainty, with the inevitable risk of unintended consequences. The purpose of this study was to trace the sources of design controversy in a Web 2.0 f...
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With increasing demand for integrating learning management systems (LMS) into teaching and learning, a well-designed LMS is crucial. User interface evaluation has become a critical quality of interactive LMS intended to meet the requirements of users. This article investigates the effect of the interaction on the user and assesses the extent of sys...
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The commercialization of higher education institutions’ (HEIs’) research within the South African National System of Innovation (NSI) has received prominence in the post-apartheid era. Intra-African NSI dialogue to draw out context-specific and generic country experiences that could inform policy developments, and initiate and accelerate strengthen...
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The use of mobile devices in learning has gained popularity among schools around the world. The purpose of this paper was to investigate the possibility of mobile devices being used to improve student academic performance in a developing country, Botswana. The research design for this study was a descriptive and interpretive study that was analysed...
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This paper undertakes a desktop examination of innovation policy and governance in Africa. The article therefore adds on to the importance of intra-African region innovation policy dialogue by exploring policy developments in the African region. The article identifies a weak and fragmented innovation system as a major challenge facing many of the A...
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The importance of examining corporate governance in organisations cannot be overemphasised. Corporate governance failure which has resulted from weak corporate governance systems has highlighted the need for research aimed at contributing to the improvement and reform of corporate governance at business, national and international level. A review o...
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The aim of this paper is to present a model of the factors affecting international students’ pursuit of their academic degrees in tertiary institutions. This was achieved by identifying factors that commonly affect international postgraduate students. This was a questionnaire based case study with a sample of 24 post-graduate international students...
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Changing academics’ perceptions of information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries has always been a challenge. A university in Zimbabwe has witnessed an about-turn in lecturers’ perceptions and beliefs about technology, from being negative (technophobic) to positive (technologically savvy) for users of technology. This pape...
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Online-supported teaching and learning is a technological innovation in education that integrates face-to-face teaching in plenary lectures, with an online component using a learning management system. This extends opportunities to students to interact with one another via online chats in the process of transacting their learning. There is a need t...
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Students usually perceived computer programming courses as one of the most difficult courses since learning to program is perceived as a difficult task. Quite often students’ negative perceptions on computer programming results in poor results and high drop-out rates. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of factors that affect compute...
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This paper presents a conceptual framework regarding the factors inhibiting teachers successful adoption and implementation of ICT in teaching and learning, derived from an in-depth survey of the related literature. The aim of this study was achieved by identifying the factors that inhibit teachers adoption and implementation of ICT in teaching and...
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This research was undertaken to investigate the issue of how universities are managing utilisation of bandwidth in the face of increased Internet traffic in the era of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) and increased digital content. In particular, the research sought to find out about what universities in Zimbabwe were doing to ensure efficient utilis...
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This paper aims to present a theoretical framework of the factors affecting university academics job satisfaction, which is achieved by identifying the contributing factors. The main objective of the research was concluded in designing a theoretical framework based on the existing literature. The novelty of this paper is the use of a significant bo...
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This research examines the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in private sector human capital development (HCD) within the South African National System of Innovation (NSI). The pragmatic research design adopted provides the basis for undertaking mixed-method research, namely, quantitative followed by qualitative, supplemented by secondar...
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Using quantitative and qualitative research, the present study explores and compares the variety of information and communication technology (ICT) resources in use by high school Science teachers, and how their pedagogical and technological use of ICT in Science classrooms have changed over the years. The initial quantitative study confirmed that o...
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Educators are faced with ever increasing challenges when teaching programming. The increase in the number of operating systems brings with it challenges for programmers because of the change in programming paradigms, programming languages and software suites that are dependent on most recent developments in technology and more so operating systems....
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In the current information society, the need for teachers to be adequately equipped with information and communication technology (ICT) competency has become essential for teaching in a classroom. This paper investigates factors affecting the perceived pedagogical benefits of adoption of ICT by teachers. The study also sought to establish any varia...
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The difficulty of learning to program has long been identified amongst novices. This study explored the benefits of teaching a problem solving strategy by comparing students’ perceptions and attitudes towards problem solving before and after the strategy was implemented in secondary schools. Based on self-efficacy theory, students’ problem solving...
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Online learning is one of the ways in which the Internet can be used as a learning tool which can provide support to educators in a classroom. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of a Learning Management System LMS to support teaching and learning in a Grade 10 Information Technology (IT) class. The emphasis was on the attitudes an...
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Currently, there are many challenges of preparing and supporting secondary school Information Technology (IT) teachers. In addition to increasing the number of IT teachers, there is a need of supporting those teachers to grow and to retain them as committed, quality teachers. This paper focuses on ways of supporting IT teachers through an intervent...
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The research reported in this article formed part of an internationally funded project about the empowerment of Information Technology (IT) teachers in economically deprived rural schools in the North-West and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa. The current paper focused on the use of self-directed metacognitive (SDM) questioning in a pair pro...
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This article reports on Information Technology (IT) (Computer Science) teachers’ experiences regarding the promotion of self-directed learning (SDL) in computer programming through the application of metacognitive and problem-solving skills. Programming is complex and students experience difficulty in solving programming problems as these require v...
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p>Contrary to the more traditional scenario of instructor-focused presentation, contemporary education allows individuals to embrace modern technological advances such as computers to concur with, conceptualize and substantiate matters presented before them. Transition from instructor-focused to student-centred presentation is prone to dissension a...
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Learner-centred teaching is challenging educators to rethink their teaching methods and their perceptions as to how the learner learns. Using technology in collaboration with face-to-face instruction is becoming necessary, but educators have to take into account the different styles of teaching and the learners involved in this learning. This type...
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“Technology”, the buzz word for the last ten to fifteen years in South Africa. Technology availability is quite often mistaken for technology adoption and use. Technology has been made available to almost all tertiary institutions and at least some public schools. However, in most tertiary institutions many professors still refuse to use technology...
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Computer science and technology innovated over the past sixty years, have revolutionized science, the economy and societal interactions. Inherently CS constitutes a new science combining mathematics, logic, information theory and electronics, on par ...
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This article reflects on the first phase of a research project aimed at the empowerment of Information Technology (IT) teachers in black rural schools in the North-West province of South Africa. In order to empower these IT teachers, the first phase aimed at understanding their unique challenges and needs. Qualitative research methodology was used...
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The teaching of programming and problem solving has been a challenge and has excited much debate in the literature, so too has been the use of learning management systems (LMSs) to facilitate teaching and enhance learning. In this case study we explore students' perceptions and expectations of the effectiveness of using a constructivist approach fo...
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The development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education has led to most universities incorporating elements of online learning into their traditional classrooms via the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) (Burrell-Ihlow 2009, Angeli 2005, Salisbury and Ellis 2003). However, it is not known how well students w...
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The integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning is becoming almost obligatory given the imperatives of education in many countries in the world. All teachers have a challenging job, but integrating the tools for ICT in teaching and learning provides additional challenges, especially for secondary teachers...
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In this study the authors investigate the challenges facing the provincial department of education with respect to the e-Readiness of secondary school teachers in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The study is based on a sample of the secondary schools in the Ethekwini Municipality. The results indicate that any ICT interventions by the...
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In an effort to meet the challenges of teaching programming, learning management systems are used to facilitate teaching and enhance learning. In this study we determined students" perceptions, expectations and effectiveness of the LMS as used in a campus-based programming course and gained insight into the undergraduate student population. A surve...

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