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DEEP: Digital Education Enhancement Project

Africa; Arab States; Egypt; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania

General informationInternational Development Centre, Open University, United Kingdom
Goal 6. Quality education
Teaching profession; Educational systems and levels; Educational population; Educational facilities; Teacher education; Electronic Learning; Distance education; Rural population; Teaching materials
Project description
DEEP is a research project focusing on the potential of new information and communications technology (ICT) to improve teacher education and the quality of pupil learning in schools serving poor communities. It examined the impact ICT on learner achievement and motivation and teachers' pedagogic knowledge. Research was carried out in 12 primary schools in Egypt and 12 in South Africa with 48 teachers (two per school) and involved over 2,000 primary school students. Teachers worked in pairs to implement and evaluate a short, curriculum-focused, school-based professional development programme, using a range of new technologies including laptops, hand-held computers and digital cameras. Activities focused on the teaching of literacy, numeracy and science. ICT was used in some significant ways by schools as a whole, as well as many of the communities in which project teachers lived and worked. DEEP is a partnership between the Open University, UK and several project partners: University of Fort Hare; Nelson Mandela Foundation's Unit of Rural Schooling and Development; Programme, Planning and Monitoring Unit (Egypt); The Open University of Tanzania; Relief International-Schools-Online (Bangladesh); and The Open University of Sudan.
2001 - 2005
PartnersPower, Tom