Improving Learner’s participation in Science through Information and Computer Literacy: A Multicentric Approach, University of South Africa

This paper will present the result of a quantitative phenomenological study that examined the lived experiences of 10 women students who pursued Bachelor’s degree in Science.   As part of the recommendation for this study, suggestions have been provided on how to avoid these barriers in order to provide a better opportunity to successfully increase learner’s participation in Science through Information and Computer Literacy.

Boatamo Mosupyoe
Presentation Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Event or Conference: 
The SAASTE 7th Biennial National Conference on Science and Technology Education
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
University of South Africa
Department of Science and Technology
P O Box 392 Pretoria Gauteng
South Africa
Abstract: 
This paper will present the result of a quantitative phenomenological study that examined the lived experiences of 10 women students who pursued Bachelor’s degree in Science. The study was motivated by the findings of the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. The results of the study show the following central themes that the students have experienced in their path to admission and graduation in science: lack of or limited fluency with information technology, inability to use information effectively to arrive at a specific goal; perceived and self-imposed barriers that promote disqualification, historical and cultural barriers impact on admission and success, attributes perceived to be required to gain admission and to succeed as science students. None of the students interviewed had an active committed mentor to assist them in improving their competency in organizing information or increase their ability to access information through technology; none of the students also took the opportunity to network although all agreed that these factors were critical. As part of the recommendation for this study, suggestions have been provided on how to avoid these barriers in order to provide a better opportunity to successfully increase learner’s participation in Science through Information and Computer Literacy.