Technology Integration in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Higher Education in Jamaica

By Paula Cook MacKinnon and Gregory MacKinnon.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper begins by addressing the notion of a "digital divide" between developed and less developed countries. By contrasting several definitions, the reader will come to realise that there are there many factors that impact the rate of technology uptake in a country. With this as a foundation, the particular case of Jamaica is considered based on most recent statistical information. The realities of sustaining technology use in the Jamaican context are examined through specific research on technology challenges within a Jamaican university setting. The trends in this setting have been established/triangulated through surveys, qualitative interviews, field studies and formal written feedback from study participants. The paper concludes by suggesting how to move forward given the identified barriers to integrating technology in this developing country and others of similar context.

Keywords: Theme: Technologies for Learning, Digital Divide, Technology Integration, Higher Education, Jamaican University

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.51-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 364.968KB).

Paula Cook MacKinnon

Principal Educational Consultant, MindBloom Consulting, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Paula MacKinnon is a chartered accountant and former vice president student affairs at Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada) where she was responsible for implementing the Smithsonian-recognized "Acadia Advantage" laptop program. As principal of MindBloom Consulting she has led a range of educational consulting initiatives in Caribbean countries including Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominica, St Vincent and Barbados.

Dr. Gregory MacKinnon

Professor of Science & Technology Education, School of Education, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Academic Background: BSc, PhD (Chemistry), BEd, MEd (Science & Technology Education) Research Interests Include: Technology use in public school classrooms & in higher education, concept mapping & critical thinking, constructivist approaches in science classrooms and educational leadership in developing countries

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