Learning to be researchers in an e-maturity survey of Gauteng schools

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dc.contributor.author Lautenbach, Geoffrey
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-01T10:03:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-01T10:03:26Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Lautenbach, Geoffrey. 2011. Learning to be researchers in an e-maturity survey of Gauteng schools. South African Journal of Education, 31:44-54. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2076-3433
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7756
dc.description.abstract I report on postgraduate students conducting survey research on information and communications technology (ICTs) in South African schools, focusing on the notion of e-maturity. The dual emphasis of the paper is on students’ collaborative experience of the authentic research process including their experience of e-maturity within the target schools and leads to a discussion in two parts around notions of novice student research and e-maturity. Fifty students, most of them practising teachers, participated collaboratively in the design and implementation of the survey. Discussion in this paper is based on the qualitative analysis of 50 research reports submitted on completion of the survey field work. I analysed the reports inductively for their content using simple in vivo coding techniques and structured quotations into flowing narratives to illuminate both issues. Findings show that the participatory and collaborative nature of the research process contributed markedly to the composition quality of student research reports. Student understanding of the research process through meaningful engagement in authentic field work has also greatly improved their insights into ICTs in education and the current e-maturity of participating schools. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Education Association of South Africa en_US
dc.rights The Education Association of South Africa (EASA). This article is available online: http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za en_US
dc.subject E-maturity en_US
dc.subject Authentic research en_US
dc.subject Information communication technology en_US
dc.title Learning to be researchers in an e-maturity survey of Gauteng schools en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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