Proceedings of The 2nd world conference on Future of Education
Accounting Teachers’ Readiness to Use Mobile Phones and Social Media Platforms as Supplementary Teaching and Learning Tools in the 21st Century
Melikhaya Skhephe, Christabel Dudu Mantlana, and Berington Zanoxolo Gobingca
This research study sought to examine Accounting teachers’ readiness to use mobile phones and social media platforms in their teaching practice. To this end, the researchers employed a qualitative approach and a case study. Data were obtained through interviews, with the sample of four participants having been purposively and conveniently selected. The findings revealed that the participating Accounting teachers were unaware that they could make use of mobile phones and social media in their classrooms. Another finding was that the constitutions of the participating schools prohibit the use of such devices in class and on the terrain. The researchers recommend that discussion forums be created to support the use of mobile phones and social media in the classroom. Accounting teachers needs to remember that learners are already au fait with most devices, and these technological tools offer teachers a wonderful opportunity to enhance their teaching while allowing learners to access a variety of platforms to enrich their learning. Another recommendation is that mobile phone and social media usage be allowed and the recording of lessons be encouraged. Urging teachers to create blogs will further inculcate the use of mobile phones and diverse social media as part of their teaching pedagogy.
Keywords: 21st century, Accounting teachers, mobile phones, readiness, social media.