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Title:Experiences in the dissemination and utilisation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research findings from three southern African universities
Authors:Kaino, Luckson M.ISNI
Mtetwa, DavidISNI
Kasanda, ChoshiISNI
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Geographic terms:Botswana
Subjects:information technology
information dissemination
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2014.927143
Abstract:The dissemination and utilization of research knowledge produced at universities has been debated in connection with the issue of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Developments at universities suggest an entrepreneurial model of academic research production in which universities have the responsibility not only to carry out research and teaching but also to disseminate research outputs directly to end-users in society. In this paper, the authors present findings on ICT research studies conducted and the dissemination of the research findings at three universities in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe in the past five years. A major finding was that many ICT studies conducted at these universities did not target particular community groups for dissemination of knowledge generated and, consequently, research outputs from these projects were not delivered to their potential end-users. The ICT research findings remained located mostly in university departments, libraries, and donor or government ministry offices. The main challenge was that of effective dissemination and utilization of research knowledge outputs from these academic institutions. The recommendation emerging from the analysis was to monitor research outputs and to intensify dissemination and utilization of the academic knowledge produced. Bibliogr. [Journal abstract, edited]