Local

Tonga Specific Course Notes

The following notes are focussed on needs of Form 4, 5, and 6 students in Tonga.

Category Further Information.
[F5 Prescription](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/2001csPrescription.pdf) The 2000 Form 5 Course Prescription. Released after two years of revision and reassessment, the prescription is one hope at standardising a learning, teaching program for computer studies at the Form 5 national examination level. The Prescription divides the learning criterias into major computer studies objectives and the use of both external examinations and internal assessment programs.
[F5 Scheme](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/99_F5Scheme.pdf) One proposed Scheme of Work outlining course topics throughout the year to cover the Form 5 prescription. The Scheme introduces the course material to students new to Computers.
[F6 Prescription](../../../mmedia/computer-studieslocal_issues/97_F6Prescription.pdf) The 1998 Form 6 Course Prescription. This prescription is set by the South Pacific Board of Education Association (SPBEA) and the prescription is studied in many of the South Pacific Islands at the Form 6 level.
[F6 Scheme 1998](../../../mmedia/computer-studie/local_issues/98_F6Scheme.pdf) [F6 Scheme 1999](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/99_F6Scheme.pdf) A proposed Scheme of Work outlining course topics throughout the year to cover the Form 6 prescription. Scheme 1 introduces the course material to students new to Computers, while scheme 2 introduces the course to students confident in the use of computers.
[F6 ABO](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/98_PSSCaboShortlist.pdf) Assessment by Observation (ABO) modules included in the Form 6 prescription.
[F6 IA Schedule](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/98_QSCiaSchedule.pdf) A proposed Internal Assessment (IA) Schedule of projects assessed within local schools whose grades are accredited to the SPBEA marking system.
[FWC Schools](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/CSinFWCSchools.pdf)

Discusses concerns during the evaluation of Computer Studies at Free Wesleyan Schools in Tonga during November 1997.

[BPR and MIT90s Framework](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/CraigYetton1.pdf) Two readings on technology evaluation and fit for purpose that was some of the background framework that informed choices we made.
[Strategic Alignment](../../../mmedia/computer-studies/local_issues/ITAlignment.pdf) This second article is the Henderson & Venkatraman Strategic Alignment model, discussing the integration of IT into an organisation.

Considerations

Significant considerations for teaching computer studies in under-developed countries include:

  • Access
  • Exposure
  • The lack of access students have to computers strains the teaching process considerably and the lack of other teaching tools to assist the learning process. This has an effect on how labs have to be organised and generally requires extra (after-hours) time for both staff and students to adequately.

    The lack of previous exposure by students to a number of technology items seriously impacts the content of presentations. Where radio buttons, forward buttons, back buttons, have a familiar resonance for technology aware societies many students in Tonga do not have access to television sets nor prior experience to things assumed by the designers of Windowing 'GUI' systems.