Early Childhood Development Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions on E-learning Implementation during the COVID-19 era in Harare Metropolitan District, Zimbabwe

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Melody Matsvange
Jonah Mugomba
Silas Sithole
Address Murumbi

Abstract

Purpose: The study aimed at finding out the extent to which Early Childhood Development (ECD) trainee teachers perceive the feasibility and challenges of online learning platforms and generate strategies for effective implementation.


Approach/Methodology/Design: A case study design for which fifteen ECD trainee teachers from two Higher Learning Institutions in Harare were purposively selected in this qualitative study through online structured questionnaires and telephone interviews expressed in English. Data gathered was expanded in thick rich descriptions to form themes.


Findings: Innumerable benefits of e-learning were established. E-learning facilitates the continuation of learning, motivates, improves student-to-student interaction, is a convenient way of submitting assignments, reduces commutation and material costs and is an easy way of storing documents. However various setbacks were elucidated. Erratic power cuts and internet failures, exorbitant costs of data bundles and lack of smart devices deter the full embracing of e-learning.


Practical Implications: Zimbabwean HLIs have adjusted to the new normal and embraced online learning to ensure the continuation of learning in the midst of the pandemic. Online learning overcomes educational obstacles and students will not only follow courses using the traditional method. Originality/value: The findings suggest trainee teachers require the provision of cheap data bundles, free internet applications and extension of due dates. The use of blended approach/hybrid learning to assist those in remote communities, training workshops and seminars on effective use of e-learning platforms were deemed essential.

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Matsvange, M., Mugomba, J. ., Sithole, S. ., & Murumbi, A. . (2021). Early Childhood Development Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions on E-learning Implementation during the COVID-19 era in Harare Metropolitan District, Zimbabwe. Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, 2(3), 97-110. https://doi.org/10.47631/mejress.v2i3.301
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