Computer Science Curriculum - Fiji

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Evaluation IN OF COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM FIJI SECONDARY SCHOOLS ESTHER WILLIAMS, MAKI KATO & NATASHA KHAN ICT Capacity Building at USP Project 2004 i USP Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data Williams, Esther Wininamaori Batiri. Evaluation of computer science curriculum in Fiji secondary schools / by Esther B. Williams, Maki Kato, Natasha Khan. – Suva, Fiji : ICT Capacity Building at USP Project, The University of the South Pacific, 2004. 101p. : ill. ; 30 cm. ISBN 982-01-0567-6 1.
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  i Evaluation OF  COMPUTER SCIENCE  C U R R I C U L U M   IN  FIJI SECONDARY SCHOOLS  ESTHER WILLIAMS, MAKI KATO & NATASHA KHAN   ICT Capacity Building at USP Project 2004  ii USP Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data Williams, Esther Wininamaori Batiri.Evaluation of computer science curriculum in Fiji secondary schools / by Esther B.Williams, Maki Kato, Natasha Khan. – Suva, Fiji : ICT Capacity Building at USPProject, The University of the South Pacific, 2004.101p. : ill. ; 30 cm.ISBN 982-01-0567-61. Computer science—Study and teaching (Secondary)—Fiji—Evaluation 2. Highschools—Curricula—Fiji I. Kato, Maki II. Khan, Natasha III. The University of theSouth Pacific. ICT Capacity Building at USP Project III. Title.QA75.27.W55 2004 004..071099611  i ii CONTENTS Meet the AuthorsvAcknowledgementsviAbbreviationsviiINTRODUCTION1METHODOLOGY2The scope2The design2Sampling3Schedule4CHALLENGES5Data collection5ANALYSIS6 S ECTION 1: P ARTICIPANTANALYSIS : DESCRIPTIONOF CS/IT STUDENTSANDTEACHERS 6 Age and form of students6Gender of students and teachers6Ethnicity of students and teachers7Internet access for students and teachers7Reasons for taking CS/IT8Analysis of teachers’ responses9Age and teaching experience9Teacher qualifications and academic background10Teaching subjects and levels, and relevant training12Job status13Salary range14Future plans15Incentives for the job16Computer ownership and Web creation16Teachers’ areas of interest in CS/IT17 Summary 19 S ECTION 2: P ROBLEM I DENTIFICATION 20 Students and teachers20Agencies22Evaluation of CS/IT curriculum by the agencies24 Summary 25 S ECTION 3: P ROBLEM A NALYSIS 26 Curriculum26Views of students, teachers and agencies26Professional view of the curriculum28Researchers’ view of the curriculum29Evaluation of the examination29Comparing the Fijian andTongan CS curricula30Assessment in Fiji31Teachers’ status and professional development32Status of CS/IT teachers32Learning opportunities for teachers32Teacher training34Accessibility of CS/IT education35Equipment for schools that offer CS/IT education35 Summary 38 S ECTION 4: B ESTPRACTICE 39 Identification of best practice cases39Analysis42 Summary 44DISCUSSION45LESSONS LEARNT48RECOMMENDATIONS49CONCLUSION55REFERENCES56  i v ANNEX 1: Educational Structure in Fiji57ANNEX 2: Results of the Fiji Seventh Form Examination, 200158ANNEX 3: Staff resignations at the ITC Section in Fiji, 2000-200159ANNEX 4: Maps60ANNEX 5: Schools offering CS/IT Education, 200263ANNEX 6: Research Sample of Agencies, Students and Teachers65ANNEX 7: Nadi Muslim College Smart School Plan66ANNEX 8: Symposium Recommendations to the MOE67ANNEX 9: CS111 and CS122 (USP) Course Outlines70ANNEX 10: Fiji/Japan Comparison71ANNEX 11: Questionnaires72ANNEX 12: CS Prescription82ANNEX 13: Symposium programme92ANNEX 14: Ministry of Education Definitions94
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