The use of microcomputers in Commonwealth Africa


Book: 
The Second International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 1986
Authors: 
Nyambala, P. M.
Editors: 
Davidson, R., & Swift, J.
Category: 
Pages: 
197-203
Year: 
1986
Publisher: 
The Second International Committee on Teaching Statistics
Place: 
Victoria, B.C.
Abstract: 

A preliminary survey revealed that there is not much yet worth reporting about the use of microcomputers in the Commonwealth Africa, especially in the context of the improvement of statistics teaching. The teaching of statistics as such has yet to receive the deserved attention, especially in the open colleges, and most of the government statistics officers are trained on the job or in special institutes elsewhere. Of course, there are universities offering statistics, mainly with Mathematics, Business, Engineering and Economics. In the polytechnics, some basic topics in statistics are offered with the mathematics courses for engineering or accounting. However, since the key goals of this conference include exchange of ideas on teaching materials, this presentation will focus on the preliminary issue of what computing materials have been identified in the region.