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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

What the Tortoise said to Achilles: Closing the EducationalGap

Joanne Hardman.

South Africa currently faces an educational crisis due in large part to Apartheid's legacy of oppressive education, which has produced a generation of teachers who are not sufficiently well prepared to teach subjects such as mathematics and science. Compounding the problem of re-educating underprepared teachers is the fact that there is currently a shortage of math and science teachers in the country. In a bid to address this educational crisis in the Western Cape, the Khanya project has been established to improve education in previously disadvantaged Western Cape schools using technology. To this end, the project has already installed computers and the necessary software in various previously disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape. The assumption underlying this project is the understanding that by being used as educational tools, computers can help to close the educational gap left by Apartheid between those who have had access to privileged education and those who have not. This paper asks whether computers have the potential to impact positively on students’ learning by investigating how 4 teachers use computers to teach mathematics in two rural and two urban schools in the Western Cape, South Africa.


Joanne Hardman  (South Africa)
Lecturer Educational Psychology
School of Education
University of Cape Town

Lecturer in Educational Psychology; current research interests include learning and teaching with technology; cognition.

  • Computer mediated learning
  • Teaching with technology
  • Primary school mathematics
  • Pedagogical ractices

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)